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 God. (Exodus 31:18)
Most of us have probably seen the classic movie, The Ten Commandments. Toward the end of the film, we get to witness how Hollywood depicted the climactic scene — God writing the Ten Commands into the side of the mountain and then carving the tablets from the stone. I’m sure in 1956, moviegoers were fascinated with how this was interpreted on film but I’m also sure it couldn’t begin to compare with how it really looked as Moses stood before God to receive these tablets.
That the words were written with the “finger of God” is to say that they written with and in His own hand. It was so important that the message to His people was clear that He opted it to do it Himself and not by the hand of a secretary. Later, He would speak to Moses and instruct Him to write down what God said to Him but not so here. Every word in the two tablets of stone was written by the fiery finger of the Almighty.
There are many acts that God has ordained and orchestrated in this world that are done through His servants and His people. I would say that most things He does in this world are done in this manner but there are those times and those tasks where a mere man will not do; it must be He that does the work. It was not an angel that went through the land of Egypt protecting the firstborn of Israel from the destroyer; God Himself passed over His people and sheltered them from harm. In the same manner, when it came time to redeem humanity, God did not look for a mere man, righteous though he might be, to atone for the sins of the world; God took on that responsibility personally. As Isaiah records it, “His own arm brought salvation for Him” (Isaiah 59:16).
When it came to our redemption, the task was so important, and the consequences so critical, that the mission could only be accomplished the Almighty. Not by angel or by a mortal, but because God took on the form of flesh and paid the debt of our sin, our eternal security has been purchased. Today, let us pause for a moment and give thanks for God’s intervention be let us grateful that God sent His Son on our behalf. And as we do, let us invite Him to write His Word upon our heart that we may always serve Him faithfully.
Blessings and Shalom,