Mountaintop Reflections

Not long ago, I was able to spend a few days in the NC mountains.  I had a great time!  One of the places I visited was Linville Falls.  I hiked to the top of one mountain which was not easy.  Once on the top it was an amazing view!  It was well worth the effort and the time.  Coming down from the mountaintop seemed much easier and faster.  Once reaching the valley it dawned on me the spiritual significance of the hike I had just experienced.  Have you ever noticed that when mountains are mentioned in the Bible they are most always associated with an awesome display of God’s power?  Let me share a few biblical mountains that came to my mind…  First, God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments.  With the giving of the Law and the instructions to build the Tabernacle the people could experience God’s presence.  Second, God provided the sacrifice for Abraham to offer on Mount Moriah.  When God saw Abraham’s obedience in offering his only son, Isaac on top of the mountain, God intervened and showed His grace!  Third, Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel and God demonstrated His power and proved His deity!  Fourth, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain and they saw Moses and Elijah!  We know that mountain now as the Mount of Transfiguration because they recognized the brilliance and glory of God in Jesus right before their very eyes!  And then the most important display of God’s power was on a hill called, the skull or what we often refer to as Mount Calvary.  There Jesus died to pay the penalty of our sin.  He shed His precious blood in order to redeem us!  “But God commendeth His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 KJV).  It is my hope that you have received this love and are sharing it with others!  Especially those who are not on the mountain but are in the valley.

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