Friday, December 2, 2011

How Many Commandments were written on Each Stone Table?

Thankfully, the Word is getting out to mankind in these “last days” that God’s 10 Love Commandments, given in the wilderness at Mount Sinai, are simply the detailed instructions (or manual) on how one is to observe the Golden Rule. Specifically, the first 4 Love Commandments deal with our vertical relationship concerning “how to love God with all our heart” while the last 6 Love Commandments deal with our horizontal relationships concerning “how to love our neighbor as ourself”.  I’m still amazed at how many people have never been taught this powerful and enlightening truth, even in the church world!

Well, this past week I had an interesting notion pop into my mind while showering — I’m actually kind of shocked I never thought of it before!  But all of a sudden, out of seemingly nowhere, I thought … “Wow, God spoke a lot of words over the 4th Love Commandment “Remember the Sabbath day to Keep it Holy” during His thunderous voicing of the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai.”  And then quickly, I remembered how brief His words were for Love Commandments 6 thru 9.  And then like a lightning bolt it hit me … “Oh my goodness (judging by the number of words God spoke for each commandment) it’s EXTREMELY likely God wrote the first 4 Love Commandments on one stone Table and then the last 6 on the other, like a perfect summation of the Golden Rule — one Table for “how to love God” and one for “how to love your neighbor!”

Doing the math from Exodus 20, here are the number of words for each commandment — I realize this is the King James English Version of the ancient Hebrew, but the number of words, either way, for each commandment would be similar — Com #1 = 8, Com #2 = 90, Com #3 = 27, Com #4 = 94, Com #5 = 22, Com #6 = 4, Com #7 = 5, Com #8 = 4, Com #9 = 9, Com #10 = 33.  Totaling up Love Commandments 1 thru 4 yields 219 words, while Love Commandments 5 thru 10 yield only 77 words!  Do you see?  If God wrote 5 Commandments on each Table, then there would be a comparable 241 to 55 word difference.  This seems highly unlikely!

Now I know in 10 Commandment stone Table graphics you always see 5 Commandments listed on one Table and 5 on the other, but it almost certainly was not this way in the Hebrew God wrote on the stone Tables.  Something inside of me wants to believe that wherever the two stone Tables are today (if they still exist) the first 4 Love Commandments are written on the 1st Table, corresponding with the 1st of the Greatest of Commandments to “love God with all your heart” and the last 6 are written on the 2nd Table, corresponding with the 2nd of the Greatest of Commandments to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  I can’t wait to find out one day!

Happy Sabbath,


Approximately 875 Weeks (Sabbaths) Remaining Till Christ's Return!


  1. Interesting subject brother! Yes, it makes complete sense brother for 4 to be on one and 6 to be on the other. I have thought of that before. Regarding the existence of the original 10 Love Commandment tables that were written by the hand of God himself, I am sure that they still exist! The reason being is that Israel has been preparing for years to rebuild the temple as you know and there is no way they can complete it without the Ark of the Covenant which must go into the Holy of holies room. There is much controversy out there but I am sure Israel has it in their hands finally and is waiting for the day the make their move and rebuild. I do believe that they were hidden under the Temple mount as they spent years digging underneath which really ticked off the Muslims! They thought that Israel was planting explosives under their precious Dome of the Rock Mosque but I feel they were really hunting for the most valuable finding in history which they need so badly! It is only a matter of time I think that they will begin building and the Bible confirms (Jesus himself) that there will be a temple in the end days. So I do that God must have protected the ark for this purpose (we all know how perfect his planning is).

    Now what was in the Ark? The two tables of course! And what are their chances of surviving a few thousand years? VERY GOOD!!! I believe God had Moses write them on stone for that reason as it is the longest lasting and most reliable format! I am Lebanese with Phoenician ancestry. Unfortunately, there is not much history regarding this ancient race because they wrote everything on paper which which did not stand the test of time.The Egyptians and other ancient races used stone. This practice actually helped preserve the Holy Scriptures as well! Also, if the Sumarian (the oldest know tribe) tables survived over 5000 years and are still intact and legible, God's tables can survive as well. Think about it...

  2. Hi Gabriel, can you make some podcasts from time to time? I think that would be great.. I like listening to podcasts and you're the only blogger I listen to or i mean read on the internet that deals with Christian views. It would be great to hear you speak naturally when you give messages like these

  3. The commandments were written in hebrew.