Write this song and teach it


And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break my covenant that I have made with them. Then my anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide my face from them, and they will be devoured. And many evils and troubles will come upon them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ And I will surely hide my face in that day because of all the evil that they have done, because they have turned to other gods.

“Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel. For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant. And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give.” So Moses wrote this song the same day and taught it to the people of Israel.


  • Here we see that Moses is near the end of his life. What is one of the last instructions that God gives to him?
  • God knows that his people are about to turn away. Why is a song part of God’s plan to guide Israel?
  • Have you ever used songs to learn something? Do certain songs call to mind a particular time in your life?
  • What sacred songs about our God do you remember? Has God been able to use music in your life to help you remember what he has done?


We all can have extraordinarily short memories, but music has a way to stay with us. While we may have an endless amount of worthless jingles from commercials stored in our brains, God has something better in mind. God wants us to use music to store up and remember all that he has done for us. Life can distract and hardships can create a fog that makes it hard to remember and believe the good news of Jesus Christ. But let the wonderful story of Christ come through with the wonderful music that the church has crafted and passed down through the centuries. That way what can “live unforgotten in our mouths” is that we are not forgotten by our gracious God, who always has us on his mind.