Church Pulpit Commentary. The creature “cannot do good, or do evil.” As to the idols on which the Jews were disposed to place their confidence, God says to them, “Ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you [Note: Isaiah 41:23-24. When men wax fat and kick like a well-fed heifer, when they lightly esteem the Rock of their salvation and provoke God to jealousy, they incur terrible penalties (15, 16). Then He makes expiation for their sins, and receives them back to Himself (43).’. Try it free for 30 days! When it is said, I kill, and I make alive, &c. the meaning is, I am to be acknowledged the author of life and death, the dispenser of prosperity and adversity, and especially the author of national changes and revolutions, whether in a way of mercy or of judgment. The eagle's care for her young is a beautiful emblem of Christ's love, who came between Divine justice and our guilty souls, and bare our sins in his own body on the tree. ].” Every child of man, whatever he may possess, must rely on Christ alone, saying, “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.” “In the Lord alone shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory [Note: Isaiah 45:24-25. The description of this judgment commences in Deuteronomy 32:34. God as healing is made visible to us in Jesus.—The miracles of Jesus were mainly connected with the bodies of men. Whitfield, The Blessings of the Tribes, p. 23. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. I kill, and I make alive, etc. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of —The miracles … Dods, Israel's Iron Age, p. 173. ].” He is a mighty “Lawgiver, alike able to save or to destroy [Note: James 4:12. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. And God is desirous that this should be known and duly considered by us. https: "Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:39". See 1 Samuel 2:6. How precious to a dying believer, the revelation, that He that was, and is, and is to come, is the eternal I am, who begun, hath carried on, and will complete his great salvation; being the same yesterday, and today, and forever. As we enlarge our view, the Divine pity predominates. I. “See now,” says he, “that this is my unquestionable, and unchangeable character:” and you are called to contemplate it, 1. Israel had deserved for its corruption to be destroyed from the earth (Deuteronomy 32:26); yet for His name's sake the Lord would have compassion upon it, when it was so humiliated with its heavy punishments that its strength was coming to an end. God as healing is made visible to us in Jesus. We can say the greatest things of God in whispers, like the distilling of the dew, and they will refresh souls as the small rain on the tender grass. 1828. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:39". Observe how GOD asserts his own sovereignty. He was incarnate that He might have sympathy with us. We now consider God as wounding.—As to the wounds of suffering humanity—sickness—two considerations practically diminish the perplexity which they bring to us when we consider them as existing under a rule of love. Those who attribute the preceding verses to the unbelievers, now introduce God speaking, as it were, abruptly, and asserting His glory, in rebuke of their blasphemies. ].” There is nothing so great, or so small, but it must be traced to him as its proper source and author, even to the falling of a sparrow, or the falling of a hair from our heads [Note: Matthew 10:29-30.]. iv., pp. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. ];” and ordained, that we should “receive every thing out of his fulness [Note: John 1:16. I form the light and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. His solemn call to the consideration of it—. 1865-1868. There is no god with me — As I have no superior, so neither have I any equal. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 32:39". Deut 33—M. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". ].” Especially in reference to every thing that concerns our salvation, does God require our undivided affiance: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth! Our portion is in God, and God’s in us. To discover this to his ancient people, was one great reason for his marvellous interpositions for them [Note: Deuteronomy 4:34-35. With Bible Gateway Plus, you gain instant access to a digital Bible study library, including complete notes from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the New Bible Commentary. He took to Himself God’s motto, ‘I heal,’ for one of the highest of theological and for one of the tenderest of practical reasons. ], and of the no less marvellous forbearance which he exercised towards them [Note: ver. (2) Another moral object of sickness is to draw out the fulness of Christian sympathy, scientific and personal. The repeating the word "I", as it may denote the strong affection of the speaker, and the certainty of what he would do, so it may have respect to both sorts of persons the words are directed to, and to the several sorts of things to be done, hereafter related; signifying that it is the same I, that does the one, does also the other, kills and makes alive, &c. and there is no god with me; this the Redeemer and Saviour says elsewhere, Isaiah 44:6; see Deuteronomy 32:12; there is but one God, and Christ the Word, with the Father and the Spirit, are that one God, 1 John 5:7; and there is no other with him; he is the true God, in opposition to all factitious and fictitious gods; he is not a made god, nor a god by office, nor by name and title only, but by nature the one, true, only, and living God; and so it may be most truly believed of him, that he is able to do, and will do, what he next says: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: Christ is the sovereign disposer of life and death, of sickness and health, in a temporal sense; and in a spiritual sense he wounds and kills, by the law in the hand of his Spirit; and he heals and makes alive by his Gospel, as it is accompanied by his Spirit and grace also: this is by some referred to the resurrection from the dead, which will be by Christ the resurrection and the life, the earnest, exemplar, and efficient cause of it; so the Targum of Jerusalem,"I am he that kills the living in this world, and quickens the dead in the world to come:'but it refers to another resurrection previous to that, namely, the reviving of the witnesses after they have been slain three days; who, as they will be killed in a civil sense, in the same sense they will be quickened by the Spirit of life from Christ; that is, they will be raised from that very low estate into which they will be brought, into a glorious one, signified by their ascending up into heaven; which will be done by Christ when he takes to himself his great power, and reigns; then as he suffered his witnesses and people to be wounded and killed, he will make them alive, and heal them, and restore comforts and happiness to them, see Revelation 11:11. neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand; for, at the same time that he saves his people, he will take their enemies into his hands, out of which there will be no escape; at this time seven thousand names of men, or men of name, will be slain; see Gill on Revelation 11:13.