34- New Tablets, Moses’ Face Shone

Exodus 34

Moses Makes New Tablets
The Covenant Renewed 

Three Mandatory Feasts 
The Shining Face of Moses 

Moses Makes New Tablets 

The Lord (to Moses): Hew two tablets of stone like the first: and I will write on these tablets the words that were in the first tablets, which you broke. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me in the top of the mountain. And no man shall come up with you, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mountain; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.

Moses hewed two tablets of stone like the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up to mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone.

The Covenant Renewed
And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the children’s children, to the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

Moses: If I have found grace in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.

The Lord: I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have never been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which you live shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with you. Observe that which I command you this day: I will drive out the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite from before you. Take heed, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go lest it be a snare in the middle of you: But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For you shall not worship other gods: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice to their gods, and one call you, and you eat of his sacrifice; And you take of their daughters to your sons, and their daughters go whoring after their gods, and make your sons go whoring after their gods. You shall make no molten gods.

Three Mandatory Feasts
The Lord: You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread. You shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.

All that open the matrix is mine; and every firstling among your cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. But the firstling of an donkey you shall redeem with a lamb: and if you do not redeem him, then you shall break his neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in earing time and in harvest you shall rest.

And you shall observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Three times in the year, your men children shall all appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. For I will cast out the nations before you, and enlarge your borders: neither shall any man desire your land, when you shall go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year. You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning. The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God. You shall not boil a baby goat in his mother’s milk. Write these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.

The Shining Face of Moses
Moses was there on Mount Sinai with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

When Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in his hand, when he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

When Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him.

Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came near: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spoke to the children of Israel that which he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with the Lord.


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