Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Tables Exodus 34

Exodus 34:1 "And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest."

I think I stated someplace that Moses had to write on the second tables but I have learned something already today. He did hew the tables but the Lord has said here that he would rewrite them. The broken ones are in the ark. I wonder where the second ones are now.

It appears that the Lord rewrote the part broken by Moses but then in verse 27 Moses does some writing "And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words; for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel."

In this chapter the Lord and Moses seem to have a personal conversation before the commands are given. Moses again pleads with the Lord to go among us, and admits that the people are stiffnecked as the Lord had said in our last chapter.

The Lord goes on to describe to Moses how he will prepare the promised land for Israel. He also reminds Moses of the necessity not to mix with the people of that land because of the danger of temptation to worship their gods. The Lord uses the name Jealous in verse 14 saying "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God:"

In the Bible names are very descriptive of who the person is. Different names of the Lord are given us throughout the Bible revealing more of who he is to us.

After the great disappointment in the actions of the people in making the image while Moses was gone on the mount, a wonderful verse is given us verse 6 And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, lonsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth."

It would take all those qualities to put up with us: mercy, grace, lonsuffering
Then we are told of his goodness and truth. We can trust him to do right and tell us the truth.

Then he deals with the firstborn belonging to him and feast.

v29 "And it came to pass when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testiony in Moses hand, when he came down frm the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him."

So much did he shine that he the people were afraid and Moses put a veil on his face when he talked with them but removed it when he talked with the Lord again.

Proverbs 3:26 "For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken."

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