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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.
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
Zion represents grace.
God is approachable, inviting and gracious.
Grace and Zion
were both well documented in the scriptures.
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
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.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone
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
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.