The lives of the Israelites were governed by the laws of God
These stone tablets of the law were preserved in the tabernacle of Moses.
The LORD said to Moses, “Come up the mountain to me, and while you are here, I will give you two stone tablets which contain all the laws that I have written for the instruction of the people.” (Exo 24:12 GNB)
The stone tablets of the law were stored in the Ark of Testimony, in the Most Holy place of the tabernacle, under the protection of the blood on the mercy seat.
“Put the two stone tablets inside the Box and put the lid on top of it.” (Exo 25:21)
The stone tablets of the law were also called the Testimony, or the tablets of the Testimony. The ark which contained them was called the ark of the Testimony, and the tabernacle in which the ark was placed, the tabernacle of the testimony.
A testimony is defined as evidence produced by a witness. On the day of judgment, the stone tablets of the law will testify against sin, on behalf of God himself.
“Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all.” (Jam 2:10)
The first four commandments that were written on the stone tablets of the law revealed man’s duty to God and the last six commandments revealed man’s duty to his fellow men.
Jesus summarized it as follows:
” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mat 22:37-40)
The law is a type of the Only One that ever kept the law, Jesus Christ.
Through Christ, God gave us a new law that sets us free from the law of death.
“You yourselves are the letter we have, written on our hearts for everyone to know and read. It is clear that Christ himself wrote this letter and sent it by us. It is written, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, and not on stone tablets but on human hearts.” (2Co 3:2-3)
“For Christ has brought the Law to an end, so that everyone who believes is put right with God.” (Rom 10:4)
“For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in union with Christ Jesus, has set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:2)
This leaves us with a responsibility:
“Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free.” (Jam 2:12)
The stone tablets of the law had their time. Now is the time of freedom!