For those of you who do not already know, I have a list of seventy-five scriptures I promised that I would tackle regarding wine or strong drink. The Lord has been nudging me to get back to this quest so here we are at number seven.
Deuteronomy 32:33 ~ Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
This scripture comes from a passage from the Song of Moses. Deuteronomy 32:28-33 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up? For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
The enemy nations of Israel were like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah then; much the same as they are now, cruel, immoral and oppressive. This scripture is not even discussing neither wine nor strong drink in the literal. It is using what grows on the vine as an allegory because wine does cause intoxication if used inappropriately it most certainly is like a poison and the cruel venom of asps. It can make you very sick.
However here in this passage taken from the Song of Moses, he was describing the enemy camps and their gall and bitterness towards them. Their protection was a certainty as long as they stayed tried and true to their Protector and they would only be able to overtake their enemy if God had given the enemy over to the children of Israel. Their enemy had more than one god more often than not. The children of Israel were submissive to one God. Moses was saying that these enemy camps did not have The Rock that they had and this was where they able to gain the inside advantage over their enemy.
Much like how we are able to overcome our enemy when we surrender our problems over to God to handle. There is not anything that God cannot handle on our behalf. Our duty is to stay tried and true to Him and not fret over what the world throws our way. Intoxicating wine may be like the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps but no matter what comes along our path, when we have God as our Rock, we can stand firm and nothing can gain the advantage over us.
- The Bread of Life (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)