Exodus 33 brought us a contradiction from God. No surprise there. Exodus 34 discusses the new stone tablets God gives Moses. Remember that Moses destroyed the original tablets in Exodus 32. Let’s find out what’s on those tablets.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.’” – Exodus 34:1
The first verse is clear. God has Moses copy the laws on the first tablets onto the second tablets. However, as we’ll soon see, this is not all that God commanded be written on the second set of tablets.
“No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.” – Exodus 34:3
How convenient for Moses that no one is allowed to see God. Makes you wonder if God is just a figment of Moses’ imagination? I’m going with yes, it’s Moses’ imagination.
“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’” – Exodus 34:6-7
I love how God describes Himself using adjectives that are the exact opposite of God’s true self. LOL! But then God contradicts Himself by saying He will punish the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation. Sorry, that’s not compassion. It’s not love. It’s pure evil. The third and fourth (not to mention the second) generation are not to blame for the parents’ sins. According to God, if I sin, my great grandchildren will also be punished for the sin. That’s a horrible God.
“Then the Lord said: ‘I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you.’” – Exodus 34:10
God says this, but will ultimately speak to Moses only. Any wonders God does usually involve blood and death of innocents.
“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.” – Exodus 34:12
God is not interested in peace. Peace is bad. Never make a treaty. Is this the reason why ALL Republicans in Congress are against a nuclear arms deal with Iran? It’s against God’s word in Exodus?
“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land…” – Exodus 34:15
Just in case you thought you found a loophole, God makes it clear to make no treaty with ANYONE!
“The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons.” – Exodus 34:19-20
Christians are all about the ten commandments because they were the laws written on the stone tablets. However, most Christians forget that the original tablets were destroyed. The second tablets are the ones that supposedly survived. As we’ll see at the end of this chapter, there is much more on these tablets than the ten commandments. Laws such as the one above about firstborn are on the second tablets, but conveniently forgotten by Christians.
“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.” – Exodus 34:26
Good to know, I guess. 🙂
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’” – Exodus 34:27
This verse makes it clear that ALL God tells Moses in this chapter is to go on the second set of tablets. I provided two laws that weren’t the original ten commandments, but there are several others in this chapter. The point is that the second tablets do not contain the ten commandments. They contain much more, yet Christians have ignored the laws they find crazy, and let’s face it, not cooking a young goat in its mother’s milk is a crazy law. The Bible and God are much more believable when the crazy is removed. Yet the crazy is spread all throughout the Bible if one simply reads it.
“When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.” – Exodus 34:30
Oh give me a break! If Moses’s had snakes protruding out his face, okay, I’d be afraid too, but a radiant face striking fear? Complete nonsense.
“But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.” – Exodus 34:34-35
It appears we are supposed to be convinced that a radiant face is ‘evidence’ of God speaking to Moses.
That concludes Exodus 34. We learned that God had Moses create a second set of stone tablets after the first set was destroyed. The second set is NOT the ten commandments, but a list of many laws God told Moses the Israelites must follow. Most people are unaware there were two sets of tablets and that the second set contains some crazy verses always left out. The first tablets were destroyed and God instructed a second set to be made, proving that the second set is the law of the land as far as God is concerned. But good luck getting Christian dominated government entities putting up the REAL commandments on a statue. They’ve removed the crazy to make Christianity look sane.
Coming Soon: Exodus – Chapter 35: Sabbath Regulations