Exodus 31: It Is Time to Step up and Be a Leader
Posted by Zak Schmoll
Exodus chapter 31 is remarkable to say the least. Look at how the chapter ends.
Exo 31:18 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.
Moses was literally given two tablets made of stone that had the Ten Commandments written on them. These tablets were written by God himself. This type of thing does not happen every day.
Moses had just had this excellent experience talking with God, and now he had to go down the mountain and presumably share all that he had learned about God.
In some respect, this is exactly what we are supposed to do every day of our lives. We have the word of God written in a book. Even though I don’t know of anyone who has had a Bible literally handed to them from heaven, the significance is identical. The Bible is the word of God just like those tablets were. It is our ultimate authority.
When we read the Bible, we can learn a lot about the character of God as well as how we should treat ourselves, each other and most importantly God.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
I don’t mean to discount this process at all. We need to spend a lot of time in the Bible to learn, but there also comes a point where we need to go down from the mountain so to speak. We need to share what we know to help other people come near to God. This is most obviously represented by the Great Commission.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Of course, I am sure that Moses would have been perfectly content to remain on the mountain forever with God. After all, what could be better than that type of direct interaction?
However, when God returned back to heaven, Moses had to go down and lead the people of Israel. He now had to put all that he had learned into practice. As we will find out, the Israelites needed his leadership more than ever.