Read Exodus Chapters 16 thru 19.

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Exodus 3:12  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee:
                    When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain

The artworks below are artists' conceptions of that meeting to receive the tables of the law.

Mountain of God
Mountain of God on fire
by Jean Longrme 1895

Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law
Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law
by Raphael Italian 1483-1520

Moses receiving the Law
Moses receiving the Law
by Tintoretto Italian 1518-1594

Moses receiving the Law
Moses receiving the Law
by Zeferino Da Costa Brazil 1868

Moses receiving the Law
Moses receiving the Law
by Cosimo Rosselli Italian 1439-1507

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Exodus 19:3  And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain,
                      saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;           directions of what to say
            19:4  Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians                                                                    reminder of what wonders were performed (plagues)
                     and how I bare you on eagles' wings,                                                                                a special protection for you
                     and brought you unto myself.                                                                                            got you here
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  Here comes an if -then proposition
           19:5  Now therefore,
                     if ye will obey my voice indeed,                              
                    and keep my covenant                                              do what I say  
                    then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me           u will be My people
                    above all people: for all the earth is mine:              informing them of His authority over all things
           19:6  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests,        through you I will be introduced to the nations of the world
                    and an holy nation.                                                  a good people reflecting My holiness.
            
These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.   repetition        click here for thoughts
A Parable for America?

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 Below are 6 artist conceptions of Moses with the tables of the law

Moses with The Tablets
Moses with The Tables of the Law
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Moses with The Tablets
Moses with The Tablets
by Valenti De Boulogne French 1594-1632

Moses
Moses
by Michelangelo Italian 1513

Moses with tablets
Moses with tablets
by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim German 1800-1882

Moses with tablets
Moses with tablets
by De Philippe Champaigne French 1648

Moses with tablets
Moses with tablets
by Guido Reni Italian 1600-10

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         Exodus 32:19   And it came to pass, as soon as
                                he came nigh unto the camp,
                                that he saw the calf,
                                and the dancing:
                                and Moses' anger waxed hot,
                                and he cast the tables out of his hands,
                                and brake them beneath the mount.

       

Moses throwing the tablets
Moses throwing the tablets
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Moses throwing the tablets
Moses throwing the tablets
by Rembrandt Flemish 1606-1669

Moses throwing the tablets
Moses throwing the tablets
by Gustave Dore French 1827

Moses throwing the tablets
Moses throwing the tablets
by Tintoretto Italian 1545

Moses presenting the Law
Moses presenting the Law
by Paul Peterson American Contemporary

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Click the last painting 
Over reaction?

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After just being in the presence of The Holy God?

The stage has been set for the presentation of the rules!  

Click here for some thoughts on why we need rules