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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Mountain Top

"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord"--Isaiah 2:3

"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord"--Isaiah 2:3.  The prophet Isaiah speaking of what will happen in the last days.  The last days refers to the time of Christ.  Since Christ has come, we are now living in the last days.  His return is not a matter of if but a matter of when.  This prophecy concerns of the new time that will come when Christ would arrive on the scene.  People would go to the mountain of the Lord to learn from the Lord.  Today, we as Christians would call this mountain Mount Zion.  Mount Zion is the mountain of the Lord which is actually located in Jerusalem.  We must go to the mountain top to meet the Lord and learn from His ways so that we may walk in His paths. We must go to the mountain top. 

The  mountain top.  Mountains. For those of us living here in the great state of Colorado, mountains are not hard to come by.  Admittedly Denver itself sits in a bowl but it is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Pictured above is Pikes Peak, a popular tourist attraction outside of the Colorado Springs area south east of Denver.  

Why do the Scriptures often speak of meeting God on a mountain? We have Mount Sinai where Moses met God to receive the Ten Commandments.  In Psalm 121:1 the psalmist speaks of lifting his eyes to the mountains seeking help from the Lord. Jesus preached from a mountain when he preached what is known as the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7.  In Matthew 17:1-8 we read about the Transfiguration that took place "on a high mountain" (Matthew 17:1). Finally in Matthew 26:36-44 Jesus prayed His last prayer prior to being handed over to the Pharisees in the Garden of Gethsemane which sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives.  

These are just a few examples. But what does it mean to us? Of course the Lord is not isolated to a mountain.  But there is something about going up on a mountain that creates an intimate environment for you to have "Quality Time with Christ."  When is the last time you got out away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine and escaped to the mountains to spend some quality time with the Lord? If you are not otherwise committed my encouragement to you is this. Take some time to get away to the mountains, if not during the busy work week, do it Saturday. Take your Bible with you and spend some time in Scripture and prayer. I will plan on doing this as well if weather permits. If you live in Colorado, it's not hard to find a mountain but I know no matter where we live, we can find a mountain to hike up and spend some quality time with the Lord. So, in closing; "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord...that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths."


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