Question: Who is this Jeshurun in the Bible? And why did he become fat and despise the rock of his salvation (Deut. 32:15)?
Answer: Jeshurun is another name for the nation of Israel used in the Jewish Bible, particularly in the poems. This word appears 4 times in the Bible read (Deuteronomy 32:15, 33:26, 33: 5 and Isaiah 44: 2).
So if we go back to Deuteronomy 32:15-18 (KJV)
It says ..
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. ”
These words Moses spoke in the wilderness, as a prophecy to show how Israel will soon forget their God when they come to the promised land, The lando of milk and honey, to their prosperity, to the land of their birth, the land of no more deserts, nor to eat of the same food, the land to trade and prosper and become rich, In for that they will forget their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, they will forget the God they trusted in the desert when they were hungry, they will despise him and turn to other gods. And the prophecy came to pass exactly just as Moses predicted In the future when they arrived in the promised land.
So if you meet that Word Yeshurun, now that is another name for Israel.
Even today it is common for people to seek God in times of difficulty only, but when they are successful , or when they need nothing, they are healthy, they have wealth, God is no longer a refuge for them. That is why the Lord Jesus said it is easier for a camel to penetrate a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. It does not mean we should not be rich but we must use wisdom in asking God to give us what is in our ability, lest we become as fat as Jeshurun and forget God, as Agur the son o Jakeh advised us in Proverbs 30:9.
Proverbs 30:8-9 (KJV)
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Be blessed ..