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The Second Tablets of Stone and the Covenant ReNewed

Sandy Bruce

2013-10-12

Deut 10:1-5

  • The COVENANT of MARRIAGE ( between YHWH ELohim and IsraEL ), which is the “LAW” ( TORAH ) made at Mount Sinai, was ReNewed at Mount Horeb
  • Same mountain chain, but a different mountain peak there of .
  • This is a prophetic and messianic portrait that the COVENANT of MARRIAGE ( between YHWH ELohim and IsraEL ; not with any church or “the Church” will be ReNewed again through Yahshua the Messiah.

Deut 10:1 At that time YHWH said to me, Hew FOR YOURSELF two tablets of stone Like the FIRST ONES And COME UP (ascend ) to Me, On The mountain And MAKE FORYOURSELF an ARK of WOOD.

  • Here, Mosheh is GOING UP ( ASCENDING ) on the mountain, actually for the THIRD TIME ( not the SECOND TIME ). But instead of going up on Mount SINAI, he is going upon Mount HOREB, which is a mountain peak in the same mountain chain.
  • We know this from other places throughout the TORAH and the Prophets where it speaks about Mount HOREB and the COVENANT made there

Mal 4:4 | Mal 3:22 Remember the “LAW” ( TORAH ) of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for all IsraEL, With the statutes and judgments.

  • But there is something very different and very critical to see and understand here, about this SECOND TIME, that Moses WENT UP to receive the Tablets of Stone upon which were written the Ten Words Commandments .
  • The FIRST TIME that Moses WENT UP the mountain to get the Tablets of Stone on which the TORAH was written, it says:

Exod 24:12 Then YHWH said to Moses “COME UP to Me On The MOUNTAIN and be there; And I will GIVE TO YOU tablets of stone, and the TORAH And The COMMANDMENT which I have written, that you may teach them.

  • Note: some English translations here show: commandments ( plural ),
  • The Hebrew tells us: commandment ( Singular ). The singular refers to the ONE GREATEST COMMANDMENT ( the SHema שְׁמַע – Deut 6:4-9,
  • THE Commandment, representing ALL 613 commandments, which are ONE.
  • So do we see what the difference is?
  • But the SECOND TIME that Moses went up the mountain to get the Tablets of Stone on which the TORAH was written, it says:

Deut 10:1 At that time YHWH said to me, Hew FOR YOURSELF two tablets of stone Like the FIRST, And COME UP ; ascend to Me, On The MOUNTAIN And MAKE FOR YOURSELF an ARK of WOOD.

  • The FIRST TIME, YHWH WROTE on Two Tablets of STONE
  • and GAVE THEM to Moses But the SECOND TIME, Moses had to HEW for HIMSELF -- the very TABLETS of STONE, that YHWH WILL WRITE the “ TORAH on!
  • Here we see a beautiful and astounding picture of the ReNewed Covenant
  • The Tablets of Stone which Moses had to HEW for HIMSELF at Mount HOREB represent OUR HEARTS, which we need to “CIRCUMCISE” and GIVE to YHWH , so that He can, and WILL WRITE, His “LAW” on them.

Deut 10:16 Therefore CIRCUMCISE the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer.

  • Moreover, as Moses WENT UP to YHWH and GAVE Him the TABLETS of STONE, we MUST go to YHWH and GIVE Him the TABLETS of our HEARTS.
  • If we believe or teach, that the “LAW” (was allegedly “done away with” or allegedly “nailed to the Tree / cross”, then we are *** NOT *** CIRCUMCISED in the heart and YHWH HAS NOT *** and ***IS NOT ***, writing His the “LAW” ( TORAH on our hearts as is what the ReNewed Covenant is all about.
  • Next, the FIRST TIME ( on Mount Sinai ) that YHWH wrote the Ten Words / Ten Commandments, representing the “LAW” (TORAH ) on the Tablets of Stone, He wrote by His FINGER.

Exod 31:18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the FINGER of ELohim

Deut 9:10 Then YHWH delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the FINGER of ELohim , and on them were all the words which YHWH had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

  • But the SECOND TIME ( on Mount Horeb ) that YHWH wrote the Ten Words / Ten Commandments, representing the (TORAH ) on the Tablets of Stone, He wrote by His SPIRIT.
  • This is understood and confirmed later through the Hebrew Prophets, such as the passage in Ezekiel 36 below:

Ezek 36:26 I will GIVE you a HEART ReNewed and a SPIRIT ReNewed I will PUT WITHIN; you: I will take the heart of STONE out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh

Ezek 36:27 And I will PUT My Spirit WITHIN YOU and I will CAUSE I will make you to WALK in My STATUTES and you will KEEP My JUDGMENTS and DO them

  • Next,YHWH told Moses to MAKE forHIMSELF – an ARK:

Deut 10:1 And MAKE FOR YOURSELF an ARK of WOOD

  • There must be a PLACE where YHWH is going to WRITE, by His SPIRIT His ( TORAH ). That PLACE, is our HEARTS. The TABLETS represent our HEARTS and the ARK ( which Moses had to make – FOR HIMSELF ) represents our BODIES that contain our HEART.
  • There must be a PLACE where YHWH is going to WRITE, by His SPIRIT His ( TORAH ). That PLACE, is our HEARTS. The TABLETS represent our HEARTS and the ARK ( which Moses had to make – FOR HIMSELF ) represents our BODIES that contain our HEART.
  • In other words, the GOAL and INTENT, as well as the REQUIREMENT of YHWH , is to WRITE
  • His ( TORAH ) ON OUR HEARTS and then PUT His SPIRIT WITHIN us, so that He can MOVE UPON OUR HEARTS – by His SPIRIT to OBEY His (TORAH ).
  • The CIRCUMCISION of the heart is His REMOVING our HEARTS of STONE which represents a HARD HEART, a STUBBORN HEART, a REBELLIOUS HEART, which is one that walks in Sin, DisObedience and Rebellion to the COMMANDMENTS of His ( TORAH ), and one that believes and teaches that we allegedly do not have to learn and obey His COMMANDMENTS.
  • So YHWH wants to REMOVE that HEART of STONE ( that does NOT want to learn and obey ) and give us a HEART of FLESH ( that now WANTS to learn and obey. ) That is the only evidence of a CHANGED heart, a ReNewed heart, a CIRCUMCISED heart, a ReNewed ( “New” ) creation, being “born again” / “born from above”.
  • Why else do we need the Spirit of ELohim INSIDE us, in our HEARS, except for Him to move on our HEARTS to learn and obey and to give us the HELP, POWER and ABILITY to KEEP and DO His COMMANDMENTS

Deut 10:2 And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; and you shall put them in the ark.

Deut 10:3“So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain, having the two tablets in my hand.

Deut 10:4 And He wrote on the tablets according to the first writing, the Ten Commandments, which YHWH יְהוָה had spoken to you in the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly; and YHWH יְהוָה gave them to me.

Deut 10:5 Then I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, just as YHWH יְהוָה commanded me.”

  • Have you PREPARED your own HEART as a PLACE where YHWH can WRITE, by His SPIRIT His TorRAH on it?
  • Are you LEARNING and OBEYING the COMMANDMENTS of our Creator: YHWH ELohim and WALKING in them and DOING them, with the HELP, POWER and ENABLEMENT of His SPIRIT?
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