Deuteronomy Chapter 10

Deuteronomy Chapter 10 is about how Moses created a second set of tablets which were like the first ones that he broke out of anger. These were broken because he was enraged with the disobedience of the people after descending the mountain.

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Moses’ Second Set of Tablets

The second set of tablets given to Moses was chiseled out of stone. Along with this, he built a wooden ark. After the Lord had written on the tablets, they were to be placed inside the ark which was made of acacia wood. The Lord wrote on the tablets as He did before. These were the Ten Commandments that he proclaimed on the mountain.

Moses then placed the tablets inside the ark as the Lord commanded. The Israelites traveled towards Moserah where Aaron passed away and was buried. He was succeeded by his son Eleazar as a priest. They traveled alongside the streams of water to Jotbathah.

The tribe of Levi was set apart to carry the Ark of the Covenant and to stand before the Lord to proclaim blessings in His name. To this day, they do just as they were commanded to. This is the reason why the Levites do not have a share in the inheritance because the Lord is their inheritance.

God’s Instructions to Moses

After staying on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights as he did the last time, the Lord finally told Moses to go and lead His people to the land that was promised to them. Moses told Israel to do what the Lord asks and walk in obedience. They are to serve and love the Lord with all their hearts.

Everything on the earth and in the heavens belongs to the Lord, yet He set aside his love for the Israelites. The ancestors of the Israelites were 70 in number when they entered Eygpt, but now the Lord has made them as numerous as the stars in heaven.

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Deuteronomy 10 (King James Version)

1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.

2 And 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.

3 And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand.

4 And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me.

5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

6 And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest’s office in his stead.

7 From thence they journeyed unto Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of rivers of waters.

8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

9 Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD thy God promised him.

10 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the LORD would not destroy thee.

11 And the LORD said unto me, Arise, take thy journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give unto them.

12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

15 Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

18 He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

20 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.

21 He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

22 Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.

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