two tables of stone

Deuteronomy 4:13

4:13 two tables of stone. Note also Exodus 31:18, along with note for Exodus 31:17. The ten commandments are immensely important in the plan of God, being the only portions of His inspired Word which were directly “inscripturated” in stone by His own hand.

4:15 Horeb. Evidently Mount Horeb is essentially the same as Mount Sinai (note Exodus 19:11,18). Possibly one name referred to the range of mountains, the other to the specific peak.

4:19 driven to worship them. The pagan nations of Canaan, as well as Egypt and the other nations of antiquity, had once known the true God of creation, but had long since become evolutionary pantheists, worshipping the creation instead of the Creator (note Romans 1:20-25). The children of Israel were repeatedly warned against this influence, but repeatedly succumbed to it in later years–just as have people in every age. The first of the ten commandments, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), was given explicitly to guard against this ever-present Satanic temptation.

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