Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down all these instructions, for they represent the terms of the covenant I am making with you and with Israel.”
Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant – the Ten Commandments – on the stone tablets.”Exodus 34:27-28
Moses sat with the Lord on the top of Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights. He was on a writing retreat with God!
God was writing out the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets while Moses wrote out all of the instructions God had given him for building the Tabernacle. I can imagine the pressure. It had to be perfect! And God was right there with him while he wrote!
I can see the image from the top of Mount Sinai. Moses is leaning against a tree, scribbling out the instructions given by God. He’s writing fast because he wants to capture every detail – he doesn’t want to forget a single word. Every time he looks up, there’s God sitting on a rock working on the stone tablets. His back is to Moses because Moses can’t look upon God’s face or he will die. But His glory shines all around the mountain top where they sit, and Moses is inspired every time he looks up. He can’t believe he is sitting on a mountain top WITH God, writing.
Does Moses ever ask questions as he writes? Does he need clarification on any details as he puts God’s instructions on paper? Does he ask God to look over and edit his writing before the depart and Moses climbs back the mountain to the people of Israel?
As a writer, God prompts me with words and stories. He tells me what to write about, and I’m learning to obey better and make the time to actually write. There’s nothing better for me than sitting in God’s presence as words pour from my heart onto paper (or the computer screen), but what would it be like to sit WITH God like Moses did on the top of Mount Sinai? To look up and see God writing alongside me? To ask Him questions, to show Him my work, like I imagine Moses did.
God was writing, too, as He sat with Moses on the mountaintop. I wonder if He wrote anything else besides the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets during those forty days. Scripture doesn’t give us every single detail all the time, like when the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus. They wanted Him to tell them her punishment, but Jesus didn’t say anything. He knelt and wrote in the sand (John 8:6-8). We can imagine, but we don’t know what Jesus wrote. We do know how the story ends. “Go and sin no more.”
We are reconciled to God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. God gives each one of us gifts to use in His Kingdom, and we all play a vital part. He wants to reach each of us, and He does so uniquely because we are all unique to Him. God’s creativity is limitless, and that is evidenced by everything we see around us. It’s all part of God’s design. Every site we see, every person we pass by. Take a moment today to thank God for what you see, and then ask Him how you fit in. He’ll tell you if you take the time to listen.
As for me, I’m going to find my mountain top and sit with God as I write. He’s given me the vision, and I want to obey His prompting in my heart. Maybe He will write alongside me.
Enjoy The View,