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45) Hebrews - Chapter 12:18 and following
Hebrews 12:18 - Now, that ye may understand the value of your birthrights as Abraham's seed (Galatians 3:18),
which I am exhorting you not to throw away, know, that ye shall not, like your fathers, come to a tangible mountain
which burned with fire, to show that God is a consuming fire to the impenitent; and to blackness, and to darkness,
which was the emblem of the obscurity of the Mosaic dispensation.
For ye are not come unto a mount that might be touched. We have no sacred mount or place, as did the Jews,
John 4:21. The mountain was not to be touched, Exodus 19:12-13. This was the way God taught reverence,
Deuteronomy 4:11 and Deuteronomy 5:4-5. This was magnificent, but not to be compared with our mount. We
have the mount of revelation of light. The "blackness" probably refers to a dark or thick cloud, Exodus 19:16.
And the Voice of words - The whole group heart the voice. Deuteronomy 5:22. Hebrews 12:26 says this Voice
shook the earth. The giving of the law excited terror; the Gospel brings peace. In Exodus 20:19 the people
requested that Moses speak to them in place of the Voice. They could not endure that which was enjoined. Exodus
19 speaks of the serious bounds put on the people. The sound was more than they could stand without a mediator.
Absolute reverence was demanded, even to the animals being required to be kept away. It was so fearful an
appearance that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake.
But ye are come unto a different mount. "Ye are come unto Mount Zion" is a contrast to Mount Sinai. They had a
mountain that they had to avoid. We have a mount that we can approach. Ye shall come makes it in the future.
Mount Zion stands for grace, not a literal mountain. Mount Zion is a part of the hills of Jerusalem, and is the seat of
both the royal and sacerdotal authority. It was properly called the "holy hill of Zion," Psalms 2:6.
Zion is spoken of as being the habitation of God. Psalms 132:13. This is the celestial city that Abraham looked for.
Hebrews 11:10. This city is described in Revelation 21 and 22. It is the Jerusalem above as Paul taught in
Galatians 4:26. We have come unto it, but our bodies not yet redeemed. We have not seen the new city except by
The throne of God has great numbers of angels present. See Revelation 5:11; the number was thousands of
James 1:18 - to show we are the first fruits of this generation. All of this great assembly are honored. The church
here, are the "called out" that will someday be called into the great assembly. This church is the universal assembly.
Who are enrolled in heaven - God does the writing. It is a source of joy to have the privilege of having our name
there. Luke 10:20 and Philippians 4:3. Some prefer to have their names in social registers, or so-called churches,
lodges, etc., than on the church of the firstborn.
We have come to Him already, and He no longer is our Judge but our Savior.