12And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
18 And he 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading tells us that the Lord instructed Moses to speak to the children of Israel and instruct them to keep the Sabbath as a holy day. He tells Moses to tell them they may work for six days but he that does any work on the Sabbath day will surely be “put to death.”
Following this instruction, the Lord made an end to his conversation with Moses on Mount Sinai and gave Moses two tables of stone with testimony upon them written with the finger of God.
In the history of the world, many men have been given awards, medals and commendation, but only Moses received a stone directly from the Lord with the Law He Himself engraved with his own finger. Even though Moses had been communing with the Lord for quite some time at this point, that must truly have been the most awe-inspiring moment of all human history up to that point—not only for Moses but for all of his fellow Israelites.
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