by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.Â
â€œAnd the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.â€ (Exodus 32:16)
In this verse is the first occurrence in the Bible of the word â€œwritingâ€ and, appropriately enough, it is speaking of â€œthe writing of Godâ€ rather than the writings of men. The reference, of course, is to the two tables of the law, the Ten Commandments, â€œwritten with the finger of Godâ€ (Exodus 31:18) and rewritten on a second set of stone tables to replace the first, once they were shattered (Exodus 34:1).
All Scripture is divinely inspired, but the Ten Commandments were divinely inscribed! This testimony of their unique importance is a sobering condemnation of any who ignore them or distort their meaning (including the one referring to the six-day creation in Exodus 20:11).
But there is another writing of Godâ€”this one recorded in the New Testament, one of even greater personal significance to the Christian: â€œYe are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ . . . written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heartâ€ (2 Corinthians 3:3). No longer an external standard divinely engraved in stone by the finger of God, but an internal conviction inscribed in the heart by the Spirit of God! â€œThis is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write themâ€ (Hebrews 10:16).
This remarkable writing of Godâ€™s law in our hearts and minds has been accomplished because Christ came not â€œto destroy, but to fulfillâ€ the law (Matthew 5:17) and â€œhath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for usâ€ (Galatians 3:13). Now, with the law in our hearts, we have become epistles of God, â€œknown and read of all menâ€ (2 Corinthians 3:2), and it is vital that the writing read true and clear through our lives. HMM