CREATIVELY CORRRECTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"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."Exodus 31:18-------What do the stone tablets look like to you?Could it be that we've watched too many movies and observed two many scenes where the"stone tablets" appear as blown up pieces of hardened Wonder Bread or two-inch thick slices of dead gravestone with the Ten Commandments engraved into them?Could it be that our minds have been religiously taught to see things a certain way ... and "that" way isn't creatively correct at all?-------Rabbinical Judaism introduces us to a beautiful new "stone" for thought.Reflect on the Scripture (utilized yesterday also) and the interesting words of Matthew Irvin."And they saw the God of Israel and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness."Exodus 24:10"Moses and the rest of Israel's leadership were given the profound privilege of seeing God. God appeared in the person of the Son as He expresses God's image to man. Under God's feet was something that appeared to be sapphire. The Hebrew "cappiyr" can either be translated as a sapphire or "lapis lazuli." It is from this pavement that God carved out the tablets upon which He wrote the law as recorded in Exodus 24:12.The stone from which the tablets were fashioned almost certainly refers to that which appeared to be sapphire in the verses earlier. The sapphire is the only type of stone mentioned in the context. It would be a leap to conclude that the tablets were made from any type of stone other than that which was recorded. Unfortunately, many do not even consider the sapphire tablets an option because they have been unconsciously influenced by Western images of the Ten Commandments. No doubt that the Charleton Hesston film alone has cemented certain imagery into the culture (a fine movie in any respect.)It is even a distinct possibility that the tablets were carved from God's throne.Consider Ezekiel 1:26"-------Perhaps like me, you find this suggestion intriguing and filled with creative possibility and potential.Because it is.God doesn't have a history or pattern of doing drab and uncolorful things ... but to the contrary. When we begin to think we know what the mind of God looks like, sounds like, feels like, and breathes like, I think we know very little about the "mind of God" and the "finger of God" at all.I don't think that etchings in sapphire are off God's creative page or ability.In fact ... the exploration and discovery of this possibility links us to another colorful reality."For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."Isaiah 55:8-9-------Hmmm ...Some "stone" for thought.Enjoy the creative composition and "finger of God" and be careful that "religiosity" doesn't become the defining of His word to you and His terms to you.He's bigger than you think and more colorful than some suggest.Witness His thumbprint in the sapphire ...and maybe reconsider.Creatively Correct.-------
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