Summary of passage: A prayer by Moses to God. Moses praises God’s majesty and His power and anger. He says life is quick to man but not to God. He asks for a heart of wisdom and asks God to relent His wrath and have compassion on His servants. Show love and favor upon them. Make His work the work of their hands.
12a) In this passage, Moses is praising God and has a healthy fear of God. He is also afraid. He is yearning for God to show him a heart of wisdom and for God’s favor. He is pleading with God to have compassion and love on them.
b) Omnipotence, omniscience, compassion, love, goodness, God’s wrath, God’s power, God’s judgment, God’s unchangingness
c) Personal Question. My answer: Anytime I think on God it helps me be a better person, inspires me, and gives me purpose in life.
d) Personal Question. My answer: Well, I had underlined in my bible verse 12. It’s a great, short prayer for us to use each day wisely and grow in Him. It’s a good prayer model all around as it speaks to God’s greatness, God’s favor, God’s compassion, and God’s will for our lives.
Conclusions: No one is sure when Moses wrote this. It could have been at any time so to correlate it to Numbers 20 is a stretch. I believe our time would have better been spent in Deuteronomy 3:23-27 where Moses pleads with God to undo His judgment upon Him. Perhaps we will study this later but now would be a good time while all these events are swirling around in our heads.
Questions such as part d are becoming more and more frequent it seems and are just filler to me. I’m not sure how I feel about them as of yet. They are so broad that it’s hard to truly get anything out of them.
End Notes: If indeed Moses wrote this (scholars are not 100% sure but believe most likely only Moses could have written this), it’s about God’s eternal character and man’s limited time and ability to connect with God while on earth. Therefore, we see Moses’s appeal for wisdom to not waste his life (or our lives) in such little time and do His will. For living our way leads only to “trouble and sorrow”.
Moses speaks of being satisfied in the morning with God’s unfailing love. This is the gathering of manna and for us the Word of God.
We see man’s frailness in the dust, a brief watch, and grass which ultimately dies.
Great verse 14 that shows Moses asking for joy and gladness and to know that their afflictions are for their own good.
Only when we do God’s work for our hands will we grow our hearts, souls, and minds. Not our will but His be done.