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Exodus 34-35:9

Don’t know if this is of any spiritual significance but there are two things that immediately hit me as I read today’s Old Testament passage,

1) Moses must bring his own stone tablet up on the mountain, were originally God not only wrote on the tablets, He also cut them out from the mountain.

THE LORD said to Moses, Cut two tables of stone like the first, and I will write upon these tables the words that were on the first tables, which YOU (emphasis mine) broke. (Exodus 34:1 AMP).

Before when God called Moses up to the mountain when he first received the Law, God did all the work.

And the Lord said to Moses, Come up to Me into the mountain and be there, and I will give you tables of stone, with the law and the commandments which I have written that you may teach them. [II Cor. 3:2, 3.] (Exodus 24:12 AMP)

When I’ve read about Moses throwing the Tablits down, I really never thought that there was anything “wrong” with what he did, not I’m reconsidering. Moses had a temper problem and in looking back, his temper and uncontrolled rage got him in trouble in the beginning. The consequence of Killing the Egyptian led him to relocation out of fear from Egypt to Median. Is there a lesson in this for us? Climbing up a mountain is hard work, but climbing up a mountain with two stone tablets adds an extra strain. Could it be that what God has given us, is not ours to destroy no matter the circumstances or provocation?

2) Moses is warned not to have anyone, not even Joshua nor the elders around the mountain the second time around (see Exodus 19:12). NO ONE! Before, a boundary was placed around the mountain (see Exodus 19:12), but now no, no thing no animal is even allowed near the mountain. God does not trust them. Either his glory would kill sinful people or because they are not people of their word, they would come to the mountain and die. What are the implications for us if any? When we violate a clear command from God, do we need time to not only confess our sins and then be cleansed from our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) before we can be trusted to come near the mountain again? Or is this just Old Covenant stuff?

Just some thoughts running through my head and the questions are all rhetorical.

Mike regarding your wisdom question: Where do we get it and where does it come from? I think as we continue to read the Bible we will find out that answer. Proverbs states clearly where it comes from and even tells us it’s birth, as well as the 111th Psalm,

The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. [Job. 28:28; Prov. 1:7; Matt. 22:37, 38; Rev. 14:7.] (Psalms 111:10 AMP)


The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline. [Ps. 111:10.] (Proverbs 1:7 AMP)

If you look at the books, tapes and seminars that purport to dispense wisdom, if you examine them closely you will see that they have just taken biblical principals and stripped them of the biblical and claimed them as their own. Several people have written about my supposed wisdom on this site; however, I am always embarrassed and do not know how to respond because whatever wisdom I supposedly have comes from making a study of the Bible. I am only parroting back principals I have picked up from reading the Word. What I have done for years, is take heed to the introduction of the book of Proverbs,

THE PROVERBS (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight, Receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity, That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth-- The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain to sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]--[Prov. 9:9.] That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
(Proverbs 1:1-6 AMP)

I go through the book of Proverbs every month and have been doing so for over 10 years, 31 chapters in Proverbs; 31 days in the majority of the months.

Grace and peace,

Exodus 34:6-7 God is gracious, patient, faithful loving, forgiving etc. yet many want to overlook that He will punish the guilty. We pick what we like about God/Jesus and jettison the rest. That is an idol.

It is not about being good or being a good person (by human standards), when you stand before the judge it is: who is going to pay for your sins? You or Jesus? When asked why I am so sure I will be in heaven - my response is - “I cut a deal with the judge!” Bent my atheist knee at 48 and accepted and submitted my life to Jesus Christ.

NT: Been thinking about the common pastoral response to “Who Killed Jesus?”. In sermons it is “I did”. - which is true; humanity (all) is responsible for Jesus coming down and going to the cross. But no one killed Jesus - John 10 17-18 He willingly laid down his life for US. That is the God we serve. When we were and are sinners before Him He still laid down His life for US (ME)

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