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Tables Of Stone and Spirit
The English word "table" originated from a Latin word, tabula, which literally meant to extend i.e. most simply, a table extended the eating or working surface of one's lap. A "tablet" was a small table. Later usage widened to include everything from large dining or meeting tables to small tablets for writing (some today still call a pad of paper a "writing tablet"). "Tablet" came to be used for even smaller flat-surface items, from tablets of soap (now more commonly known as "bars of soap") to tablets of various medicines.
The original Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures that is most-often translated as "table" is pronounced shool-khawm. It literally means a table - and is used as such in the Scriptures e.g.
"37:16 And he made the vessels which were upon the table, his dishes, and his spoons, and his bowls, and his covers to cover withal, of pure gold" (Exodus 37:16 KJV)
On the other hand, the original Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures that is most-often translated as "tables" is pronounced loo-awkh. It means to shine, as in a highly-polished flat surface. It is used to refer to the "tables of stone" upon which were written The Ten Commandments (see How to be a true Christian Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, Lesson 4, Lesson 5, Lesson 6, Lesson 7, Lesson 8, Lesson 9 and Lesson 10) i.e.
"31:18 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 KJV)
"With the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone"
As shown above, The Ten Commandments were written on tables of stone. But the words on them were to be "taken to heart," obeyed, by writing them not merely on hearts of flesh, but the very spirit, in the very Spirit, in which they were given - "with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart."
"3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
The people who were given the tables of stone did not live (but will again later when they wake up after they wake up - "11:8 According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day" Romans 11:8 KJV; see also Resurrections) because they did not take the words to "heart."
"3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
Fact Finder: What must happen before The Ten Commandments, the Laws of Life, can be "taken to heart"?