And the Lord said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.” (Exodus 34:1)
There are many Scriptures that teach us about the unchanging nature of our God. He declared that, “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). The writer of Hebrews echoed this declaration when he wrote that the Messiah “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). It is thus established that the Almighty and Eternal God has not and will not change in regard to His holiness, His nature and His Word. That cannot be disputed.
It should come as no surprise then, that when Moses carved the second pair of stone tablets, the words God wrote upon them were no different that those written upon the first set. Though the former had been broken in a symbolic act reflecting the infidelity of God’s people, the words written on the second pair — the renewed covenant if you will — were the same as was given to the people originally. In other words, though God had changed His mind about destroying them, He didn’t change His mind about what He expected from them. He renewed the covenant with them because a mediator, Moses, had stood in the gap on their behalf; the terms of the covenant were the same.
We need to understand that Yeshua, as our Mediator, came to renew the covenant that had been broken. In other words, contrary to the opinion of some, He did not come to start a new religion; He came to renew what God had intended and initiated from the beginning. God’s expectation of how His people should live hasn’t changed; it is our lifestyle, our attitude and our values that are to change and come into compliance with His Will. What makes ours a better covenant is that, through the everlasting atonement of Messiah, we have been permitted to enter into a relationship with the Almighty.
So then, let us not attempt to change God or His Word into what we want Him to be — we have not been granted that authority. He never changes and we need to be grateful that He does not. We, however, have been given the opportunity to change our ways because we have been given the power to become the children of God. By His Word and His Spirit, let us be continually transformed into the image of the Son of God.
Blessings and Shalom,