A Tale of Two Mountains

The first mountain. Mount Horeb, is where God met Moses in the burning bush (Ex. 3) 30-05-06/33and where He gave the 10 Commandments to Moses (Exodus 20; Deut. 4).
This Mountain that was so holy that if anyone or anything comes even to its border, they should be killed (Ex. 19:12).
Mount Horeb was a mountain of Fear and Reverence. God warned Moses to not allow the people to approach, as they would not survive (Ex. 19:21). The thunderings, lightning, deafening noise, smoking mountain terrified the people (Ex. 20:18). Their response to Moses: “You speak with us, and we will hear. But let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
This mountain is contrasted with the second Mountain, Mount Zion in Hebrews 12:
Heb 12:18-23:  For YOU HAVE NOT COME to the mountain that might be touched and that burned with fire, nor to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words (which voice they who heard begged that a word should not be spoken to them anymore, for they could not endure the thing commanded – “And if so much as a beast should touch the mountain, it shall be stoned or thrust through with a dart,” – and so fearful was the sight that Moses said, “I exceedingly fear and quake”).
Mt. ZionBUT YOU HAVE COME to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in Heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
The first Mountain existed to show us our need of a Savior.
The second, to show how God met this need in His son and how blessed we are in Christ!
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 Jn. 3:2


About Barry Davis

Career Coach | Professor | Speaker | Blogger | Minister | Marathoner "What You Do should be Who You Are..."
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One Response to A Tale of Two Mountains

  1. Jere says:

    Barry, beautiful comparison of works vs. GRACE!

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