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Following the Finger of God

18 When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18

We can certainly picture this moment in our minds as Moses descends with two large stone (and probably heavy) tablets. It’s significant how it was inscribed too because Moses went up on the mountain with no tools or equipment.

What did the handwriting of God look like? How heavy were the tablets? Did Moses know exactly what was written on the tablets? If so, would many of the Hebrews know what the writing was?

We’ll never know the answers to those questions because the tablets were eventually placed in the Ark of the Covenant. Movies have been made around these artifacts and supposedly there’s secret power to those who find and touch them. The reality is that man does like to worship ancient artifacts such as this. I’m not surprised that nothing remains lest humans would make a spectacle of it.

(There is a rumor that one of the tablets was found by the U.S. military during the first Gulf War, but no one knows where the tablet is).

We also saw the finger of God in action later when he wrote on Nebuchadnezzar’s wall (hence the phrase, “see the writing on the wall.”)

Strangely enough, we can also visualize the finger of God writing in the sand with the woman the townspeople were going to stone in front of Jesus.

Each of those are powerful and very different examples of how communicated to people through the years simply using a finger.

Fortunately, God doesn’t need to communicate with his finger today. He is the Word of God, and He wrote it for our sake. While reading it we can ponder, wonder, dream, repent, worship, pray, meditate, and give praise to the One who wrote it. It gives us guidance, instruction, and reproof, and sometimes in the same paragraph!

Crack open the Word of God early and often.

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