God...and His Handwriting
Exodus 31:18; Daniel 5:5-8; John 8:3-9
Jehovah always communicated with His people. He spoke through His prophets, presence, and promises, and that system of imparting knowledge never failed until the Hebrews refused to listen, preferring to worship idols who were always silent! The Jews disliked interference of any kind. Their attitude reminds me of a business man in Hong Kong who said, "When the Christian missionaries first arrived they were wonderful. They spoke of Jesus and the love of God, but when they began to speak about sin and retribution, they lost their charm-and their listeners!" It is significant that on three separate occasions, the hand of God wrote messages for certain people. Although time destroyed most of the ancient records, His words were indestructible; they will endure forever.
The Handwriting of Guidance . . . On Stone . . . Directing
And he [God] gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exod. 31:18)
The giving of the ten commandments and other requirements that constituted Hebrew law was one of God's most necessary acts. His people, who had been slaves in Egypt for four hundred years, were an undisciplined multitude, unorganized, unreliable, and unable to understand why certain deeds were prohibited. They had been a nation without spiritual guidance and knew nothing of priests and prophets. They existed only to obey their Egyptian task masters. "Each man did that which was right in his own eyes." There was no inspired standard of morality by which conduct could be judged. The appearance and power of Moses were unprecedented. When the patriarchs who first arrived in Egypt died, their knowledge and experience departed with them, and life for their descendants became a miserable existence. They were without hope, happiness, and holiness. Pharaoh was the only deity they knew, a ...
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