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A Little History


The popular name in this, as in so many instances, is not that of Scripture. There we have the "TEN WORDS." Ex.34:28; Deut. 4:13, 10:4; the "COVENANT," Ex., Deut.; 1Kings 8:21; 2Chron. 6:11, etc., or, very often as the solemn at testation of the divine will, the "TESTIMONY." Ex. 25:16; 21; 31:18, etc. The circumstances in which the Ten great Words were first given to the people surrounded them with an awe which attached to no other precept. In the midst of the cloud and the darkness and the flashing lightning and the fiery smoke and the thunder like the voice of atrum pet, Moses was called to Mount Sinai to receive the law without which the people would cease to be a holy nation. Ex. 19:20. Here, as elsewhere, Scripture unites two facts which men separate. God, and not man, was speaking to the Israelites in those terrors, and yet, in the language of later inspired teachers, other instrumentality was not excluded. No other words were proclaimed in the like manner. And the record was as exceptional as the original revelation. Of no other words could it be said that they were written as these were written, engraved on the Tables of Stone, not as originating in man's contrivance or sagacity, but by the power of the Eternal Spirit, by the "finger of God." Ex. 31:18, 32:16

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