Who Will Ascend? …Moses on the Mountaintop: A Short Introduction

English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deu...
English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy 6:1-15, illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the past few weeks, we have spent some time learning about what I call “the mountaintop experience of all mountaintop experiences,” namely, the transfiguration.  To review, we discussed the fact that Jesus, Moses, and Elijah were present on that mountaintop at the same time, and that that was significant because Moses and Elijah were the only two recorded Old Testament people to tangibly enter the manifest presence of the Lord on Mount Horeb.  They were counted among the few people who have dared to ascend into His glorious presence.

 

In light of this, it is only fitting that we should take some time to analyze the mountaintop experiences of Moses and Elijah over the next several weeks.  I believe you will find that their experiences contain the same principles that we discussed throughout the transfiguration.

Let’s start with Moses.  As we are likely aware, Moses entered the scene at the beginning of the book of Exodus.  He was born to a Hebrew but sent away down a river in a basket in order to remain hidden from those who sought to kill the lives of the newborns across the land.  The daughter of Pharaoh took him in and raised him as her own.  Thus, he gained the commonly accepted nickname of the Prince of Egypt.

But Moses was still a Hebrew, at heart.  His heart ached to see his own people being beaten into slavery by the Egyptian rulers.  So he stepped in and killed an Egyptian who was mistreating one of his countrymen.  This matter did not sit well with Pharaoh, so Moses fled into the wilderness in order to avoid the wrath of Pharaoh.  There, in the wilderness of Midian, he became married and began to tend sheep for his father-in-law.  And that leads up to the setting for Moses’ first mountaintop experience.

…Check back next week to learn more!

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