The Second Pair of Tablets

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Moses reminded the Israelites of God’s great mercy to them. The Lord acting on Moses request not to destroy the people, rewrote the Ten Commandments (vv. 1-5). When Moses broke the Commandments after Israel had made a golden calf, that symbolically broke their covenant relationship. Now he shapes two slabs of stone similar to the first ones, God engraves them with the same words that were on the first ones (vv. 2-4). Moses then puts them in the Ark which symbolically shows that Israel accepts their part of the covenant and will obey the commandments.

The people of Israel went from the wells of the Jaakasnites to Moserah (Israelite Campground). It was here that Aaron died and was buried. His son Eleazar succeeded him as priest (v. 6). From there they went to Gudgodah (Israelite camp in the wilderness, near Ezion Geber), and then to Jotbathah (another Campground in the wilderness), a land that had many streams of water (v. 7). That is when God set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the Ark of the Covenant, to be on duty in the presence of God, to serve Him, and to bless in His name (v. 8). That is why the Levites don’t have a piece of inherited land as their kinsmen do (v. 9). This reference to the appointment of the tribe of Levi for priestly service carries with it a spiritual responsibility. The Levites were not allowed to own property (Deut. 18:1-2). They were to be sustained by the gifts that the people brought to the place of worship.

The Lord answered the prayers of Moses (vv. 10-11). He did not destroy the Israelites after he received the ten commandments but told Moses to get ready to take them into the promised land.


My life was stained with sin but Jesus blood covered this stain with His righteousness.

Deuteronomy 10:1-11 (English Standard Version)

"At that time the LORD said to me, 'Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood. And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.' So I made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand. And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandments that the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me. Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the LORD commanded me." (The people of Israel journeyed from Beeroth Bene-jaakan to Moserah. There Aaron died, and there he was buried. And his son Eleazar ministered as priest in his place. From there they journeyed to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land with brooks of water. At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day. Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers. The LORD is his inheritance, as the LORD your God said to him.) "I myself stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the LORD listened to me that time also. The LORD was unwilling to destroy you. And the LORD said to me, 'Arise, go on your journey at the head of the people, so that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them."'

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