"Be ready in the morning"

When God told Moses to come up to Mount Sinai with two stone tables to be inscribed with the Ten Commandments, to replace those which Moses had broken in a rage, He told him to "be ready in the morning." Ex. 34:2; Perhaps Moses had not been sufficiently prepared spiritually the first time he received God's directives, or he would haven seen the powerlessness of the idol worship that so enraged him when he came down from the mount.

The Bible states that when Moses went up to Mount Sinai the second time "the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. ... And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped." vv. 5–8; This turning to God first must have humbled Moses' thought and given him an improved understanding of the nature of God and a greater certainty of divine guidance for his appointed task.

The inspiration gained in God's presence so illumined him that when he descended from the mount with the new tables of testimony his face shone so brightly that the children of Israel were afraid to approach him. So mightily did he present the words of God to the people this time that they forgot their desire for material idols and brought among other things gold, silver, precious stones, spices, and oils as offerings to the true God. This better experience must have been positive proof for Moses that "the preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." Prov. 16:1;

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