When Heaven Meets Earth

March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

In the ancient Near East, mountains often represent the dwelling places of the gods.  In Israel’s tradition, however, the mountain top is much more than just a place where God is.  In Exodus 24:12-18, it is the place of a divine encounter between God and man.  It is a place where heaven meets earth.  A place of revelation.  And what emerges in this mountain summit are holy commandments and divine instructions for everyday life in the village at the foot of the mountain.  That is the nature of revelation… integrating worship and life.  The awe of the glory of the Lord when the cloud covers the mountain is nothing but a consuming fire that transforms into lives of obedience (24:15-17).  As C.S. Lewis once said, “We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God.” In Jesus, every place became a mountain top, and every time a moment of revelation.  Also yours and mine today as places where we behave in God’s presence.

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