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THE DIFFERENCE IN THE STONES ON WHICH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE WRITTEN: The words of the Ten Commandments are the same, but notice the difference in the first and second set of stones. When the first set was written, Moses had Joshua with him on the mountain to carry the stones. This time Moses was told to come alone. When the first set was written, God Himself carved the words on the stone (Exodus 32:13-16). When Moses came down from the mountain, in anger he took those “Sacred Stones” on which God had written and threw them and broke them (Exodus 32:19). Now we see God again giving Moses the Ten Commandments but this time God makes Moses carry the load and chisel the words into the stones himself (Exodus 34:27-28). I think there may be a lesson here for all of us. God is the same never-changing loving and faithful God. However, when we do something (especially in anger) to harm what God has given us, we will have to do the work to repair the damage we have caused. God is still with us but He will require us to make a conscientious effort to renew our relationship with Him!

God Bless,
Pat

Hello Everyone,

Pat--I never noticed that Moses wrote the second set of stones. Interesting to think about. I was also impressed (and have been in the past too) by Moses' fiery temper. Did you notice that he ground that golden calf up and had them drink the dust? There are little bits about Moses throughout Exodus that get me thinking.

Of course, Moses had good reason to be angry with the Israelites and I empathize with his personality and struggles on many levels. Still, as you mention, our actions have consequences (which of course gets me thinking later about him striking that rock and not getting to enter the promised land).

Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts--they are good to chew on.

Yesterday I spent much of the day dwelling upon the impatience of the Israelites--their unwillingness to wait things out. Waiting is difficult. God uses this "inactivity" in profound ways--we are prone to think movement of any sort is better than stillness. But, humility and self-control grows out of seasons where we wait....

Today, I like this verse from Exodus:

"And he [God] said, "Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you." -Exodus 34:10

I love that last phrase..."for it is an AWESOME thing that I will do with you." What an understatement, huh? It is humbling and glorious for me to think that the Lord chooses to take ordinary sinful people and do awesome things with us. Praise Him! : )

Hey Pat and Elizabeth,

I was reading your observations of the passage. The scriptures say Moses carved out the two stones in the shape of the first one. But GOD wrote the commandments again, correct?

Look below (first line of second para;):

"1 Then the Lord told Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones.

I will write on them the same words that were on the tablets you smashed."

Arielle,

Even though at the beginning of chapter 34, God said to Moses that He is going to write the 10 commandments,In verses 27-28,we can see that it was Moses who wrote the 10 commandments.

I would love to hear few comments on this,

Hello Again,

I was looking at this passage with regard to Moses writing the ten commandments:

"And the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."
So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. -Exodus 34:27-28

Am I thinking right about this? Do let me know your thoughts--it's good to think through it with others : )

Hey all

I think I'm still researching it more, I'm still confused. Look at he below two versions for Ex34:27-28:

In KJV (Ex34:27-28)says:
27And 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.

28And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

and in NLV it says:
27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down all these instructions, for they represent the terms of the covenant I am making with you and with Israel.”

28 Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water.

And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets.

Hmmmmm...interesting comparison Arielle. I'm not sure what to make of it either.

Anyone have insights?

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