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An Exposition of Deuteronomy 33: The
Blessings of Moses on the Children of Israel.
As presented in a series of sermons by William Parkinson
Sermon 1: “The Ministry of Moses,” pages 1-44;
Sermon 2: “The Ministry of Moses Spiritualized,” pages 45-96;
Sermon 3: “The Delivery and Authority of the Law,” pages 97-138.
The first two chapters are sermons from the text of Deuteronomy 33:1, “And this is the blessing wherewith Moses, the servant of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death.” In chapter 1, Parkinson reminds readers that Deuteronomy 33 marks the conclusion of the labors of Moses, the man “so eminent among the ancient servants of God.” Parkinson demonstrates how Moses himself, acting on a special commission from God and under divine inspiration, “was a distinguished blessing to Israel…from the time he was called as their leader and commander, till the time of his death.” In chapter 2, Moses is presented as a type of Christ, with the comparisons of their ministries set forth. Parkinson delineates their similarities, while concluding with the superiority of Christ in His work and blessings. In chapter 3, the focus is now on Deuteronomy 33:2, “And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.” “The law was not then common in the hands of the Israelites, as the Bible is now in the hands of Christians,” writes Parkinson, therefore the Book of Deuteronomy or “the second law” is a rehearsal of the law to the Israelites who were now of a generation that were either unborn or very young at the time of the giving of the law on Mount Sinai. “In the text, Moses recognizes the Majesty of the Lawgiver,” the Lord Himself, and the need of the people of God to ever be acquainted with His Word. Parkinson ably expounds the meaning of verse 2, and then makes application to Christ, as the Lord and Lawgiver to His people in all times.