Zechariah 8:3: Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the holy mountain.
Zion is God’s place. In his original plan, the whole earth was supposed to be that, managed by man on his behalf. But when man gave the devil entrance into the earth through sin, God withdrew himself. And was looking for a place he can call his own, from where he would launch a takeover bid for the whole earth again.
After God sent man from the Garden of Eden, marking the disconnection between them, the next place (a specific geographic location) that God would decide to come down to connect back with humanity was Jerusalem, where the famous temple was built. God found a place there; his glory manifested there. But it did not last for long because of the unfaithfulness of the people.
God continued to look for a place. And he found a place in Jesus (and by extension the church which is his body), the quintessential house of God, expression of God. Jesus referred to himself as the temple of God, when he told the people: “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up (John 2:19-22)” hinting at his death and resurrection.
When we become Christians the bible says it means we have come to mount Zion the city of the living God (Hebrews 12:22), come to be part of the body of Christ and in that sense the house of God.
Isaiah said that in the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be exalted above all other mountains and the people shall flow to it, they will seek to be taught the ways of the lord, and walk in his path (Isaiah 2:1-3).
Zion is the place of training in the ways of God, which is why God said he was going to set over his people shepherds who will feed them with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15). If the people are not being fed properly with such things then the church is not as “Zion” as it should be. It should also be the place where we experience God in all his essence.
It should be a place of continuous development, positive change should be the order of the day as we are trained in all the ways of God. Paul confidently said, when he was departing for the final time from the Christians in Ephesus, that he had not shied away from his duty to teach the people all the ways of God (Acts 20:20, 27).
When an angel set the apostles free from the jail (where they were put for preaching the gospel), he told them to stand in the temple and teach the people the whole truth (Acts 5:20). Jesus said we should go into all the world to teach all nations his word (Matthew 28:19). It is not Zion, until God’s truth is going forth, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy.
City of truth
Zion is also called the city of truth. That means the city will be marked by truth. And Jesus said that he is the truth (John 14:6). The truth is a person. It is not enough to speak about truth, how about walking in it? It is not enough to hear the word, how about doing it? It is not enough to say the right words, how about living the right life? Truth is beyond what is said. It is person you can be in the image of Jesus. It is not enough to teach the right thing from the pulpit (Romans 2:18-23), how about living the right life before the people? It is easier to talk than to walk when it comes to truth.
God said to Habakkuk: write vision (the truth God will show) make it plain on tablets of hearts that he who reads may run (Habakkuk 2:1-4). It is not enough to read, what about running with it, with the vision of truth? It is not enough to know the right things, how about doing them?
Jesus came as the truth God wants to show us to liberate us from the lies of the devil. On a mount where Jesus and three of the disciples were, God spoke from heaven: this is my beloved son hear him (Matthew 17:5). He is the truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth.
That is what qualifies him to be the judge. He will not judge according to the hearing of the ears but will judge righteously. He also said that he does not judge of his own volition (Isaiah 11:3, John 5:30) but as he hears the father he speaks, so he is 100 percent accurate. He is the word the double-edged sword that cuts into the inner motivation, reasoning, and not just the action (Hebrews 4:12). Because he reaches everywhere, seeing all the angles, he judges well.
Mountain of help, holiness and deliverance
David says that he will lift up his head to the hills, away from human leanings, his own thoughts, wisdom, understanding, experiences, and lift it to God (in heaven, hence the figure of hills) from where his help will come from (Psalm 121). He will lift up his eyes in active expectancy. God’s help that does not fail.
James said: if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask from God who gives liberally and graciously to all, compelled by his love and his desire to manifest himself in our lives (James 1:5).
Obadiah wrote: upon mount Zion there shall be holiness and deliverance and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession (Obadiah 1:17). Until we get up on that mountain (Holy Mountain of help) we will not experience holiness and deliverance.
Holiness is about something coming into you (what you are brought), while deliverance is about things coming out of you (what you are led out of). While Jesus was on earth he did overtime chasing away demons in the life of the people. He came as light to deliver the people.
On the mountain of holiness we are restored. Man was made holy, made to stand on that mountain, but got dragged down to the mud of ignominy because of sin. But Jesus has come to clean him up and lead him by the Holy Spirit up that mountain again.
- Four Questions About the Lord’s House (clcswmetro.wordpress.com)
- Book of Isaiah Chapter 51 (brakeman1.com)
- I Am (prayerfromtheheart.net)
- The Preciousness of Zion and Jerusalem and the Situation of the Overcomers in Zion (matassew.wordpress.com)
- The place in the Bible believers must find and go (correctunderstandingofshinchonji.wordpress.com)