Smashing Tablets
Given By: "Glenn D Blank" On Saturday, March 2, 2013

 

Moshe smashing tables (tablets); Yeshua smashing tables; what’s the deal?
What’s the difference betwixt godly anger and human rage?

 

Godly anger is just, because it is an accurate and righteous response to the injustice of flagrant sin.

Yeshua didn’t overthrow the tables of the moneychangers because He was having a bad day.

Though Torah provided for changing of money into animals for sacrifice, it should not have been happening in the Temple courtyard.

Yeshua quoted Isaiah 56:7 by saying, “My house will be called be a house of prayer” for all peoples—but the money changing was happening in the court of the Gentiles—not exactly conducive to prayer.

Moreover, Yeshua quoted Jeremiah 7:11 by pointing out this House had become “a den of robbers,” because the moneychangers were exploiting their monopoly on changing into Temple shekels.

No wonder the disciples later remembered Psalm 69:9, “zeal for Your house has consumed me.”

Filled with the Spirit’s fire, Yeshua had a holy zeal for His Father’s House, what it should represent.

God our Father has the whole story; he sees all things, including our hearts. V’eemru?

When Moses came down from the mountain and smashed the tablets of the Ten Commandments, he wasn’t having a temper tantrum. God has already told him, eleven verses earlier and up on mountain, exactly what was going on down below: Sh’mot (Exodus 32:8), “They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.”

So when Moses came down and Joshua gave him a heads up, he’d already heard about it from God.

HaShem had already told Moses, in Sh’mot (Exodus 32:8), “Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.”

And I hope you understand that God’s anger was just. He’d heard the cry of our ancestors, freed them from bondage with stunning signs and waters, turned bitter water into sweet from them to drink, and poured our manna from heaven from them to eat, and finally spoken to them with His own thunderous voice from the mountain, and they had freely accepted them in covenant with our God.
And what was commandment #2 of the covenant? Ex. 20:4, “You shall not make for yourself an idol.”

Yet here they were, less than 40 days after hearing and receiving the Ten, carousing before a golden calf

—throughout the ancient Middle East, the calf or bull was worshipped as a source of & fertility.

Uh, fellas….So when Moses came down and smashed the tablets, he wasn’t just throwing a fit.
He was performing a prophetic act, designed to get their attention. Whump! Party’s over!

When Yeshua overthrew the tables of moneychangers—that was a prophetic act.

A prophetic act is designed to help people visualize a prophetic truth. In this case: party’s over!

There’s sin in the camp and if we don’t purge it, now, we’re all in big trouble!

 

Moses acted to remove the bitterness of sin that provokes God’s anger. Exodus 32:20, “he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the the children of Israel drink it.” This series of destructive acts wasn’t simple. God doesn’t burn, nor does it crush easily. He would have had to melt off the golden coating, burned the wooden frame, and then beat it pieces and crushed the melted god between stones until it was fine as dust, as he explains in Deuteronomy 9:21, “I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain.”

Then Moshe made them drink it, showing the worthlessness of their god and to demonstrate in a way that could both taste and see the bitterness of sin. Later Moses would codify this act of drinking curse-water in a ritual for a woman suspected of adultery, in Numbers 5:24, “He will require the woman to drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and it will enter her and cause bitter suffering.”

Supernaturally, the bitter water would only bring a curse only the sinner, revealing the bitterness of sin.

How many of you know how bitter sin is? That’s why has us taste bitter herbs or maror at Passover.

But the maror has to make you gasp and cry. Then take a moment to consider the bitterness that Yeshua experienced on the cross on us, when he took on Himself all of our sin, and they offered him biter wine!

Now are you beginning to taste and see how bitter sin is?

 

Especially bitter is the sin of fleshly, sinful anger (as opposed to godly anger).

That’s why Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God; and see to it that no bitter root springs up and causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”
I hope you are now catching the allusion to the bitter root of the Passover table?

I also hope you are warned about how bitterness of soul can cause trouble in a mishpochah?

Therefore, as Ephesians 4:26 says, “don’t let the sun go down on your anger,” lest it become bitterness.

Confess your feelings it to the Lord and if possible, and as Heb. 12:14 says, “Be at peace with all men.”

That’s why Ephesians 4:31 says, “Get rid of all bitterness and rage and anger and quarreling and slander, along with all malice.” Do you hear Paul associating bitterness with rage and anger?

That’s because while godly anger seeks to bring repentance and restoration (so Moses interceded with God on Israel’s behalf to spare His people), ungodly anger becomes bitter in the soul until it eventually boils over into rage or quarreling. Instead, Ephesians 4:32 urges, “let us be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other just as God in Messiah also forgave you.” V’eemru?

If you’re struggling with anger and it’s starting to taste bitter, that’s a hint from heaven: forgive!
Don’t wait for the other person—remember that God forgave you while you were still a sinner!

And Yeshua said, “if you don’t forgive, neither will our Father in heaven forgive you.”
But He loves you so much, He really does want to forgive you.  So don’t be sour; let go & forgive.

V’eemru?

Fleshly anger lacks God’s perspective. We must admit that none of us is omniscient.

For example, only God can see into a person’s soul. We can only make guesses, and often we’re wrong.

In fleshly anger, people often say they know what’s going on in someone else’s heart.

Unless you got a revelation on the Mountain of God or maybe the other person, you really don’t know.

It’s better to ask the other person—and that person’s not likely to tell you if you already fuming.

That’s why Jacob (Jam.) 1:19 says, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

Rest assured, our Father in heaven is very slow to become angry, and very quick to forgive.

God is good! (All the time!)

 

That’s why HaShem has graciously given us a New Covenant.
After speaking the 10 utterances from the mountain, HaShem wrote them with his finger on stone.
That’s because He already knew that human hearts weren’t really ready to receive His word.

Generation after generation, the children of Israel

 

We need a New Covenant in our hearts; let’s receive and walk in it humbly. V’eemru?

In Jeremiah 31:31, HaShem promises to give Israel a new covenant, and in verse 32 says that it won’t be like “the covenant I made with their fathers .. which they broke, though I was a husband to them.”

Let’s hear the Father’s heart, how He loves His people, and how seriously He takes His covenant.
It costs Him so much to love us, to make covenant with us! He is so awesome in His love!

Then He promises in verse 33, to “put His Torah within them and write in on their hearts.”

Really, that’s the only way people can ever keep His Torah, isn’t it?

HaShem has to change our hearts, making us soft enough to receive His word and keep it.
Then He has to write His word on our hearts—and the ink is His blood!

 

If anyone here has not received this renewal of the heart, I urge you humbly, to ask our merciful God
to give you a new heart, so you may know that HaShem is your God. V’eemru?

You don’t want His righteous anger; you want His gracious mercy. V’eemru?

If anyone here has any anger that tastes at all bitter, I urge you humbly, to ask our merciful God to purge the bitterness through His gift of forgiveness. V’eemru?

Let’s pray… Abba Father….

 

 

Questions to Ponder

 

Why is God's anger always just?

 

Does God get angry quickly? Does He hold onto anger or grudges?

 

Is it  helpful to know that God's anger is always just?

 

Why did Yeshua smash up the tables of the moneychangers?

 

God later faulted Moshe for losing his cool when he struck the rock in anger.

Why not when he smashed the tables or tablets of Torah?

 

How did Moses act to remove the bitterness of sin in the children of Israel.

 

How many of ever tasted the bitterness of fleshly anger?

 

Why does Hebrews 12:15 warns us to make sure "no bitter root" cause trouble or defile many?  How can bitterness and rage lead to quarreling that breaks up families and even congregations?

 

Why does Ephesians 4:26 urge us, "don't let the sun go down on your anger"?

 

What should we do instead of hanging onto anger?

 

Is forgiveness optional?

 

Have you ever heard someone say they know what you're thinking?

Is that usually true?

 

What is really wise about Jacob's advice, "Be quick to listen slow to speak and slow to become angry"?

 

Why did HaShem promise Israel (and all grafted into Israel) a New Covenant?

 

What did it cost God to give us this New Covenant?

 

What should be our heart attitude when we live in and walk out the New Covenant?

 

Does anyone need to pray about these things?