The standard of perfection, written on hard stone, fulfilled by The Christ: this is a summary of the 10 commandments.
In Deuteronomy 5, after giving the law, Moses mentions that the law was written on tablets of stone. This fact could be pointing to the fact that the law would never pass away, only be fulfilled, and I think it also points to the stony hard heart of the those hearing the law. Israel, in fear of continuing to hear Yahweh’s voice, essentially says, “Moses, we are going to our tents! This is to frightful for us, whatever He says, we will do!!!”
Israel had fear of the Lord and confessed to keep His law!
Sadly, Yahweh, in His sovereignty, knew that Israel couldn’t keep the Law, as she had sin written on her heart (Jeremiah 17:1), and furthermore, Yahweh hadn’t given her eyes to see, ears to hear OR a heart to follow (Deuteronomy 29:4). This, of course, was Yahweh’s plan all along to point to the one who COULD do all these things thus fulfilling the law (Galatians 3:23-25/ Matthew 5:17-21) and changing the stony heart to a heart of flesh Ezekiel 36:25-27)!
““These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and he added no more. And he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. And as soon as you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes, and your elders. And you said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us. If we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, we shall die. For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of fire as we have, and has still lived? Go near and hear all that the Lord our God will say, and speak to us all that the Lord our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’ And the Lord heard your words, when you spoke to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever! (Deuteronomy 5:22-29).
But she couldn’t keep the law because…
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars,” (Jeremiah 17:1)
and . . .
“To this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. (Deuteronomy 29:4)
This was pointing to the ONE who could do it and fulfill it . . .
“Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:23-26).
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-21)
And when this Jesus came, He could do something amazing, even to the hardest of hearts . . .
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules,” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)