Deuteronomy 10 Commentary
The LORD asks Moses to make two tablets, exactly like the first ones. The process has to be restarted. This is interesting. It’s a revelation of perfection. The process was perfect. Israel messed it up. So the part that wasn’t soiled has to be repeated. It’s one part of life that never changes. The LORD repeats it to every life both in time and space. The same. Unchanged. Simple.
Moses goes up the mountain and the process is restarted. This part is completed but it’s the soiled part that Moses must attend to – obedience of the people. The rest of the lines focus on calls for holiness and obedience.
One more important piece. The LORD orders Moses to find a container for the two tablets. So we have the Ark of the Covenant made. It houses the law and represents the sanctity of the presence of God. The LORD will dwell amongst His people by His word.
The Ark would stand as a physical representation of the Law of God. The Law itself is the conception of the will of the LORD for His people. It is not physical. The Law must be obeyed. It represents the part of the contract that man must observe. When man honors his part of the contract, the LORD’s presence becomes man’s special reward. And it is beautiful.
We have also seen the generosity of the LORD – the steadfast love of the LORD. After 40 days of prayer and fasting, Moses understood the heart of the LORD. He wasn’t willing to destroy the people. Instead He instructed Moses; “Go and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land…”
After 40 days of prayer and fasting, the real Seed announced to the entire world, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
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