Is God a man? Is He made like a man? Does He have physical characteristics like a man?
Did He really write the Ten Commandments with His finger?
Exodus 31:18 – When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.
Moses wrote most of the laws as spoken by God.
Moses had been on Mount Sinai for forty days. God had given him instructions regarding the tabernacle, the priests, and the rules of conduct for the nation of Israel.
Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.
Moses also received the Ten Commandments from God. These ten laws were not written down by Moses. According to scripture they were written by God in stone then given to Moses.
Is Exodus 31:18 just symbolic and not to be taken literally?
- According to Strong’s Concordance
- The word ‘finger’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning the forefinger.
- The word ‘written’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to write.”
- The word ‘God’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning God.
- The word ‘gave’ is translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘to give.’
Jesus declared God was spirit.
John 4:24 – God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Can a spirit have a finger, write in stone, and give the results to a man?
Consider what we know of God’s abilities.
- He created our world.
- He created mankind and all that was required for mankind to survive.
- He exists outside the boundaries of time and space.
- He has no limits.
This verse was written by Moses.
Moses penned this chapter in matter of fact detail. There is no poetic or symbolic language in the other verses in this chapter. Although not impossible, it is doubtful Moses would have written verse 18 symbolically. He recorded this interaction between God and him.
Does it really matter who actually recorded the Ten Commandments?
The legitimacy of the Bible has always been questioned. It will continue to be. Critics have suggested the scriptures are no more than lofty human ideals. And even if God did speak to Moses isn’t it possible that Moses could have made a mistake in what he recorded?
The Ten Commandments communicate God’s standards for how we should conduct our lives. What better way to quiet the critics than for God Himself to write the Commandments?
We sometimes refer to something temporary as “not carved in stone.” The Ten Commandments were carved in stone by God alone. They were, and still are, God’s permanent standard for His people.
When we realize it is impossible to keep all the commandments all the time we can be thankful God knew that long before we did. It’s amazing He gave us His standards and also gave us the remedy for our failure to meet them.
God provided His own Son to give us right standing with God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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Scripture references: New American Standard Bible