The 664 commandments and the breaking of their tables


The breaking of Moses' tables is mentioned in the biblical narrative of the Exodus. According to the story, Moses, upon coming down from Mount Sinai with the tables containing the Ten Commandments, found the people of Israel worshiping a golden calf. In his anger, Moses threw the tablets and broke them.

The disobedience of the people of Israel by worshiping an idol (the golden calf) instead of following the commandments of God, caused the anger of Moses when he witnessed the infidelity of the people and their lack of respect for God and the commandments that, in would ultimately make the Jewish people free.

The destruction of the tablets symbolized divine wrath and the breakdown of the relationship between God and his people due to their unfaithfulness. Moses had to intercede with God on behalf of the people to seek forgiveness and restoration of the relationship. It is then that God ordered the construction of a new set of tables, where Moses would re-inscribe the commandments.

The breaking of the tablets marked a crucial moment in the history of the people of Israel, highlighting the importance of obeying God's commandments and the seriousness of disobedience, a moment in which they had to choose between a change towards freedom or continuing to worship idols of clay representatives of their spiritual oppression.

Today, will God commission Moses to build the tables again?

By Pablo Gabriel Miraglia