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Heb. 12:22



22 But [alla] ye are come [proserchomai] unto mount [oros] Sion [Sion], and [kai] unto the city [polis] of the living [zao] God [theos], the heavenly [epouranios] Jerusalem [Hierousalem], and [kai] to an innumerable company [murias] of angels [aggelos], KJV-Interlinear

 

 

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, NASB



The two mountains represent different approaches to God. Sinai represents all of the approaches (or indifferences) which mankind invents. Zion represents the work of Christ and mans approach to God through Christ.


Sinai represents mans works, judgment, failure and so forth. Man will ultimately fail when he tries to approach God by means of this method, or any of the systems of methods that Sinai represents. Sinai is darkness, fog, terror, judgment, bondage, slavery, forbidding and terrifying. Mans works, mans invented approach bring nothing more than doom or loss. Through Sinai, God is unapproachable.


When the trumpets were blown while the Israelites watched the mountain, they were blown by myriads of angels, sounding judgment. There was no celebration, but warning. No one joined the angels, but were separated from them by means of the law. The law of Moses proves mans incompetence, mans inability to solve his own problems, mans need for something greater than the law or anything man might invent.


Gal. 3:19

19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made. NASB


Zion represents grace. Through Zion, God is approachable, inviting and gracious. Grace and Zion were both well documented in the scriptures.


Psa. 132:13-14

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. 14 This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. NASB


Isa. 46:13

13 I bring near My righteousness, it is not far off; And My salvation will not delay. And I will grant salvation in Zion, And My glory for Israel. NASB


Psa. 50:2

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. NASB


Moses, David, and Isaiah, all three of the most revered men of the Old Testament have spoken to the superiority of Zion.


When David conquered the Jebusites and placed the ark on Mt. Zion, then thereafter, this mountain (the concept the second or new covenant of the Savior) was considered the dwelling place of God.


When Solomon moved the ark to the Temple, which was built on nearby Mt. Mariah, Zion was included in that area as well. Zion became synonymous with Jerusalem, and Jerusalem was therefore the city of peace or rest, referring to Gods rest. A rest which represents mans advancement to spiritual maturity. Rest is based on spiritual growth. Spiritual growth is dependent on Gods word (Bible doctrine). And all of this is dependent on Gods work on the Cross His sacrifice. This is all embodied in the representation of Zion, the mountain of God.


Without the work of Christ there is no salvation. Without salvation there is no spiritual life. Without a spiritual life there is no rest. And without rest there is no complete relationship with God. That rest (spiritual maturity) is our ultimate goal.





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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.




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