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)
Let us consider the fact that the original tablets of stone — those that were broken — were cut from a mountain without hands. That is to say that God carved them from the mountain’s rock and wrote His Word upon them. However, the second pair of tablets were cut by human hands, nevertheless, they were hewn from the same mountain. This is of interest to us because of an interesting statement recorded in Isaiah:
“Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.” (Isaiah 51:1)
The following verses go on to describe how God took Abraham and Sarah and blessed them, creating from them a great nation, evidenced by those who assembled at Mount Sinai. It was there that the Creator “proposed” to them and it was there that, as a nation, they said, “I do” when they received His Word and instruction. Therefore, I would suggest that the “rock from which you were hewn” hints at what occurred at Mount Sinai — God’s people receiving the Covenant carved on stone tablets hewn from rock. I might add it was also at Sinai that twelve stone pillars were erected to represent the twelve tribes of Israel, which is to say, the nation. The stones for these pillars were also, very likely, dug from a pit there at Sinai.
What has this to do with us? First of all we must understand that all of God’s people come from the same quarry — we come from the same Rock. Furthermore, we understand that Messiah is the Rock and that we, as His people, are regarded as being in Him and from Him. He is the tried and tested foundation stone and the chief cornerstone upon which God’s House is built, meaning that all other stones must rest upon Him. The Bible also records that He are to come to Him as to a “living stone” and that we, His people, are living stones being “built up into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:4-5).
The point is that we are more than just a representation of who and what He is — we are His Body because we come from Him and are in Him. Because He is the Rock, we are the stones God uses to build a holy nation of priests and kings. And so, those who desire to follow after righteousness, look to the Rock from which we came — the Rock Daniel said was cut from a mountain without hands — that will, in time, break down all the kingdoms of man and establish His everlasting Kingdom. In that day, His Torah will go out from Zion and His Word from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3).
Blessings and Shalom,