“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” (Exodus 31:18)
The Book of Exodus is the record of Israel’s birth as a nation, where seventy members of Jacob’s family rapidly multiplied. Then at the right time, God brought between two and three million Israelites out of Egypt, and He divinely protected, fed, and nurtured them.
Central to the Book of Exodus is the concept of redemption. Israel was redeemed from bondage in Egypt and into a covenant relationship with God. From the redemption of God in the tabernacle, Exodus records God’s overwhelming acts of deliverance, by which He demonstrates His right to be Israel’s King.
As the Israelites leave Egypt, God guides them by a pillar of fire and smoke, and saves them from Egypt’s pursuing army through the miraculous crossing of the sea. In the wilderness He protects and sustains them throughout their journeys.
The people are now ready to be taught what God expects of them. The redeemed people must now be set apart to walk with God. On Mount Sinai, Moses receives God’s moral, civil, and ceremonial laws, as well as the pattern for the tabernacle to be built in the wilderness.
God had chosen the Israelites to be His treasure—to be His holy people. (19:5,6) He had entered into a treaty with them and had established a relationship with them. He gave them the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Finally He had called Moses up to the top of Mt. Sinai in order to give detailed instructions as to how they should live as God’s holy people. When God finished speaking to Moses on the mountain, He gave Moses two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone written by the finger of God.
We remember that at Creation God spoke and the heavens and the earth was created. (Genesis 1) On Mount Sinai, God wrote the Ten Commandments (Exodus 31:18) with his finger. Praise the Lord that He is our Creator and our God!
God gave the two tablets of the testimony,
To Moses on Mount Sinai,
That he might instruct the children of Israel,
Not only how to live for God—but why.
We are told that the Ten Commandments
Were written by the finger of God,
A truth that we should remember,
While on the earth we trod.
Dear Father, May we never forget that you are our Creator and our God. Amen.