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Tuesday, December 11 2018
A Bible Journey, 84: What Did Moses Do To The Ten Commandments?
"Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest"
The first set of written Ten Commandments were broken by Moses when he returned to the Israelite camp and found them running wild (see A Bible Journey, 82: The Golden Calf Riot):
"32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount." (Exodus 32:19 KJV)
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) later commanded Moses to return up on Mount Sinai "and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables."
"34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 34:2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 34:3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount." (Exodus 34:1-3 KJV)
The second set were identical in text to the first set (see the Finder question below) - the LORD wrote both of them. The only obvious difference was that the first set of tables were much more finely carved - the LORD made the first set ("24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them" Exodus 24:12 KJV), while Moses made the second set ("34:4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone" Exodus 34:4 KJV).
"34:4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 34:5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:4-7 KJV)
At that point, the LORD had declared that He would no longer be in the midst of them (see A Bible Journey, 83: The Tables Of Stone In The Tabernacle Of Moses), but Moses pleaded for the LORD to restore His Presence among Israel.
"34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance." (Exodus 34:8-9 KJV)
The LORD agreed to Moses' request - with a reiteration of the Law of righteousness. The LORD gave Israel a second chance, thanks to Moses.
"34:10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee. 34:11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 34:12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 34:13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
The return of Moses happened the second time as it should have happened the first time.
"34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 34:31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 34:32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
Fact Finder: What did the tables of stone of the Ten Commandments actually look like? How big were they?
This Day In History, December 11
361: Julian (known as "the Apostate") entered Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs) as sole Emperor of the then collapsing and fragmenting Roman Empire that was then being superseded by the so-called "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
630: Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The religion that he created, known as "Islam," quickly spread across the Middle East, Africa and southern Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.
1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.
1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.
1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.
1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.
1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.
1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".
1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.
1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.
1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.
1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.
1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). He was hung in May of the next year.
Not all of Hitler's Nazi war criminals were executed however. Many were welcomed to other countries where they were made "heroes." A prime example of that is the Nazi "scientist" Wernher von Braun.
In 1959 U.S. President Eisenhower signed an executive order to enable Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) and other "rehabilitated" Nazi war criminals to work at NASA to develop the U.S. space program. Many who knew the truth about Wernher von Braun referred to him as the "NASA Nazi."
1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became a self-governing member of the British Empire) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.
1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.
1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.
1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.
2008: Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (some debt-swamped countries are using the same principle to delay economic collapse - using more borrowed money to just be able to pay the interest on the massive debt that they already have).