1. The ten commandments on tables of stone
also called the covenant, was kept IN the ark.
Exodus 25:21 in the
ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
34:28 he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten
Deuteronomy 9:9 The tables of stone, even the tables
of the covenant which the Lord made with you,
Deuteronomy 9:11 the
Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the
Deuteronomy 9:15 and the two tables of the covenant were
in my two hands.
Deuteronomy 10:2 I will write on the tables the
words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou
shalt put them in the ark.
Deuteronomy 10:5 he wrote on the tables
according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord
spake unto you in the mount
1 Kings 8:9; 2 Chronicles 5:10 There
was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone
2. This is in
direct contrast with the theory of man’s evolution through survival
of the fittest, where violence and death are normal!
3. “By the Law
is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). “For the law was given by
Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). In
Jesus’ time the terms “the law” or “Moses” referred to the complete
Sinaitic laws of the ten commandments, the civil and the ceremonial
law, all the additional regulations added by the Jews; and the
perception at the time that salvation came from a meticulous keeping
of all this law.
This is still found in Rabbinic Judaism. It was
this perception that led to the difficulty for some Jewish
Christians to let go of “the law” and fully accept Christ. Paul had
a continuing struggle with this element in his missionary work.
There is also the conception that Moses could present the law of God
to the people, but as a human being could not offer grace and
truth. It was only God, Jehovah, Jesus Christ who provided the
grace and truth to make the law effective in the lives of the
4. “True sanctification means perfect love, perfect
obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be
sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience
must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not
yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the
entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great
possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the
reach of all.” White EG: “Transformed by Grace,” Acts of the
Apostles, p. 565 5.
“By His perfect obedience He has made it
possible for every human being to obey God's commandments. When we
submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the
will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the
thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This
is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His
righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the
fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His
own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of
Jehovah.” White EG: Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 312.