Verses 1-4 – Now God tells Moses to cut 2 tablets so He can write the words that were on the first two, “that you broke.” No one is going up the mountain this time but Moses.
Verses 6, 7 – What is God’s glory? It is His character, His nature, His way of relating to us. Notice that God did not give Moses a vision of His power and majesty, but rather His love. God’s glory is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, and justice. We benefit from all this, so why not respond with our characters reflecting His? Even though we are under grace now, children still suffer for the sins of the parents. Let me explain; consider abuse or alcoholism or drug abuse. While these are obvious, selfishness, and greed can be passed along at will. These things may cause you little pain now, but it could sting in a more tender area later on with your children and grandchildren.
Verses 12-14 – If the Israelite’s failed to destroy the idols and pagan worship practices of the land they would enter, they would regret it later. The pagan worship would not be tolerated with worshiping a Holy God. Ashen poles were wooden poles that stood by Baal’s altar (see Judges 6:25). Asherah was the goddess who was the consort (wife) of Baal. She represented good luck in agriculture and fertility.
Verses 15, 16 – If the Israelite’s didn’t destroy the idols that the Lord told them to then God knew they would intermarry with them and their influence would consume them.
Verses 28-35 – Our faces may not light up with brightness like Moses face did, but when you have spent time in prayer, reading the word, and meditating, the effect on your life will be seen by others.