As I was reading this how God chose to reveal himself to the nation of Israel, I couldn't help but think it sounds like a volcano! So of course that made me stop and think. I decided to do a little research. I believe God appeared before Moses and appeared to the nation of Israel, so although I scratched my head, I researched anyway. Once I got into it, I found that what most of the world believes is Mt. Sinai, archeologist believe another mountain on the Arab Peninsula. Then of course their is all sorts of speculations as to whether Mt. Horeb, and Mt. Sinai are the same.
As I was reading, I ran across another note by another Youversion member Jbenham that stated that God brought both Elijah and Moses to the mountain and spoke in very different ways there. Once in thunder and once in a whisper on the wind. God is not confined to what we believe about him, he is so much more. If he chose to speak in a volcano, he can. Of course with the passage sounding much like a volcano, it gives those who choose not to believe, a handy way of explaining God away.
As for the mountain, I hear about so many who go to places in Israel and they treat the ground as holy, when it isn't the ground, it's the person of Jesus. Today their are visits to what is believed to be the biblical Mt. Sinai by tourist who visit a cave believed to have been Elijah's hideout and place where he heard God speak. The cave and the places that Jesus walked have themselves become objects of worship. Elijah and Moses both spoke with God at that mountain so therefore it must be special. I disagree, it isnt the mountain that's special it is our God. And I don't need a cave or a special mountain to speak with him. I don't need to search out spots in biblical history to draw me closer to him. If I visited the Holy Land would I visit these spots? The answer is yes! I would love to walk on the same land that Jesus walked, I would take pictures and visit the sights just like any other tourist, but pray that I would never confuse the importance of a place and it's significance to the true importance of God.
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