When God gave the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai, the children of Israel were warned not to touch the mountain or they would die. Mt. Sinai represents the law and the law brings death.
6 He hasmade us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.— 2 Cor. 3:22-24 NIV
Mt Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and represents grace and salvation. We not only get to touch it but we are invited to join in the joyful assembly of those whose names are written in heaven. When we come to Mt. Zion, it should remind us of coming to Jesus who shed His blood on the cross for us. With His blood, He has cleansed us and clothed us in His righteousness. He has mediated a new covenant that brings life, not death. The Holy Spirit calls each of us to repent of our sins. If we continually refuse to heed the warning, we run the risk that our consciences will become “seared over”. At that point, the Holy Spirit will have no way to communicate with us and we can no longer hear the call to repentance.
2 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.– 1 Timothy 4:2 NIV
So, while we can still hear the call to repentance, let us run to the mountain of grace, fall on our knees and join in with the church of the firstborn worshiping our Savior and Lord.
1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. — Psalm 48:1-2 KJV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
and dawned upon us from Mount Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran and came from Meribah-kadesh with flaming fire at his right hand. 3 Indeed, he loves his people;all his holy ones are in his hands. They follow in his steps and accept his teaching.. — Deut. 33:2, 3 NLT This is beginning of the last blessing that Moses gave to the children of Israel. It was a reminder to the people of how God had chosen them and brought them through the desert to the Promised Land. Because of His great love for the people, God remained faithful to His promise even though the people were often disobedient and ungrateful. It was also an admonition to continue to follow in the steps of their God and accept His teachings. Moses blesses the tribes of Israel, then leaves them. As God instructed, Moses climbs Mount Nebo up to Pisgah Peak where God allows him to view all of the Promised Land. There, at 120 years of age, Moses passed away. God came to the children of Israel from Mount Sinai, a mountain that was covered with smoke and fire, touching the mount brought death.
God comes to us from Mount Zion, “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem”. (Hebrews 12:18-24) Touching Mount Zion brings life and joy to those who love the Lord, to those who accept His teachings and follow in the steps of Jesus. Today, spend some time in the presence of Jesus, just loving Him and marinating in His love. If you do, you will touch Mount Zion and receive true life and an abundance of joy.