Every Word Established

followFollow Me: Law[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 24:12 [2]

After Moses and the leaders of the church ate dinner with God, he tells Moses to “come up on the mountain and stay here.”[3] That statement implies a gap in time since they were on the mountain in the previous verse. Apparently they ate dinner in God’s presence and then everyone returned to their tents. God told Moses to return and plan to stay for a while. His assistant, Joshua, is permitted to accompany him.

God summoned Moses with a purpose. Moses was not the only who wrote down the agreement with God. God also wrote the laws and commands he expected the people to obey and wanted to give Moses a copy. They already had Moses’ copy. Did they really need another one?

I can think of several reasons God wanted his copy filed in the courts of the church along with Moses copy. God transcends time. The people he deals with are “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”[4]  Moses would have written on either clay or leather. I doubt either was durable enough to last centuries. God wrote his copy on stone.

Another reason for two copies is in God’s law.

A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.[5]

Two or three witnesses are required to settle a matter. Jesus also referred to this law as did the Apostle Paul.[6] The church did not have to rely on Moses word alone. They had God’s word written in stone.

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[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

[3] Exodus 24:12

[4] James 4:14

[5] Deuteronomy 19:15, NIV

[6] Matthew 18:16, 2 Corinthians 13:1

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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