THAT THEY MAY LEARN TO REVERE ME: " 'The fear of
Yahweh' is the beginning of wisdom (Deu 6:2), and this reverential awe is
induced by hearing (Deu 4:2), doing (Deu 5:29), keeping (Deu 6:2), serving (Deu
6:13), and walking (Deu 8:6). Thus it is no inarticulate, superstitious awe of
the unknown, but a respectful, reverential love for One who has revealed Himself
in His Word, and whose goodness has been experienced in our lives"
BLACK: Sig absence of light (cp Heb 12:18).
CLOUDS: "Whirlwind". Cp with "tempest" in Heb 12:18.
God speaks out of the whirlwind.
DEEP DARKNESS: "Murky darkness": sig the veiling of
their minds to the gospel (2Co 3:15).
ON TWO STONE TABLETS: All 10 commandments were written
twice! All 10 were written on each stone: ie one copy for God and one for
Israel. Both parties to the covenant had a copy (Xd 118:220).
DO NOT BECOME CORRUPT AND MAKE FOR YOURSELVES AN IDOL, AN
IMAGE OF ANY SHAPE...: Thus there is little great Heb art or sculpture.
Idolatry: "Any attempt to limit God, by our own definitions... is virtually to
fashion Him into an image of ourselves. We need a stmt of our faith about God,
but God is not confined in it anymore than He was in Solomon's temple" (Xd
Jewish Christians told not to forsake the assembly, nor to
follow other gods (Heb 10:25; 12:25,29).