Readings: Micah 6:4 and Matthew 5: 1-2
When one reads these verses together, there is a connection that forms between Moses and Jesus. The concept of going up the mountain is sprinkled throughout both men’s stories in the Bible. Moses often meets God on the mountain – it is there that he receives his call and it is where he commonly interacts with God. For Jesus, the mountain is often where He goes to pray, to connect personally with God. Some of the time Jesus also teaches from the mountain, as is the case today.
There is also a parallel in the idea of teaching from the mountain. God taught Moses, who in turn taught the people, from the mountain. In our passage from Matthew, we see Jesus in this same role – teaching from the mountain. With both Moses and Jesus we see God being actively engaged with helping the people grow in their faith.
This process continues today. God continues to be active in our world, teaching us in the mountaintop experiences, in the valley trials, and everywhere in between. God continues to teach believers through the words of the prophets, disciples, and apostles. God continues to be active in our lives through the presence of the Holy Spirit, leading and guiding believers. God continues to be active by taking individuals like you and me, sending us out into the world to share the good news with others.
At times we learn slowly and at other times in sudden and moving revelations. At times the Holy Spirit gently nudges and quietly whispers – at other times the compassion to act or the conviction of sin hits us like a sledgehammer. At times we inch into service at a glacial pace and at other times we burst into action. It is a process. It is a journey. May you be blessed on your walk today. Whether on the mountaintop, in the valley, or somewhere in between – be blessed as you bless others today!