Mount Sinai or Mount Zion Where is God today

Where is God today? Is He on Mount Sinai or Mount Zion? Are we under the old covenant of the law or the new covenant of grace? What does it even mean to live under grace as opposed to law? These questions were once stumbling blocks for me, that is until I started reading the Bible.

I grew up going to church, so I heard many sermons about the blessings of being obedient to the law and the curses associated with disobedience. As a child, I learned in Sunday School that Mount Sinai is where God gave the law through Moses, and Mount Zion is the spiritual City of God. On the other hand, no one told me about grace. However, as I grew and matured in the Lord it became clear that no one can be justified by the law, for we are justified by grace through faith.

It may seem irrational to ask whether the ubiquitous God of the Bible abides on Mount Sinai or Mount Zion. However, a closer look at these two mountains would make you wonder which mountain you are most likely to find the Creator.

Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai is sacred to the Jews. On this mountain, the Creator, Yahweh spoke to Moses and appeared to the children of Israel. Sinai was a prodigious mountain; it was a place of terror for Israel. Whenever God came down to talk to them it was as though Mount Sinai was alive. The mountain quaked and trembled. Everyone shook with fear and stood afar off (Exodus 19:16-20).

Despite their fear, Israel endeavored to keep the Creator’s holy commandments, of which the greatest is love (Deuteronomy 6:1-5; Matthew 22:37-40). The First Commandment tells us that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5). However, Israel never learned to love God, for they had not received, nor had they recognized God’s love for fear of not pleasing Him. They only revered God because they were afraid of Him. Whenever God spoke to them, they said to Moses, “If you speak with us, we will hear you; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die” (Exodus 20:18-19). Yet, in their pride, they boasted of how they could do everything God commanded, even though they did not know what He would require of them.

Sacred Mountain of Law

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When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they prayed for deliverance from enslavement to Pharaoh. Four hundred years later Yahweh sent Moses to deliver them. Israel looked up to Moses. He was the voice of God to the people and the voice of the people to God. Mount Sinai was a symbol of Israel’s connection to the Creator. No matter how terrifying, the Israelites now owned Mount Sinai.

While Moses was receiving the law from God on the mountain, the people made a golden calf for themselves and called it their god. After all their boasting, they had broken the First Commandment before they had received it.

Have no gods other than Me. Do not make for yourselves a god to look like anything that is in heaven above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not worship them or work for them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. I punish the children, even the great-grandchildren, for the sins of their fathers who hate Me.

Exodus 20:3-5 NLV

Sometimes we can be so anxious to please God that we miss His love altogether. At Sinai, Israel was not cognizant of God’s love, as their focus was on keeping the law. They were clueless to the true attributes of God, of which love is the greatest.

The dispensation of the law produced terror so great, Israel could not endure God’s commands. For if even a beast should touch the mountain it would be shot with an arrow or stoned. Even Moses, who had seen the glory of Yahweh, witnessed the burning bush, the darkness, and the voice that shook the mountain, was filled with fear.

Two Mountains, Two Covenants

“The law was given through Moses…”
Under the Old Covenant, the law was straightforward. It made no exceptions. The law gave no credit for “trying to do your best”. If you wanted to receive the blessings you had to obey all the commandments completely.

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NIV

The law was demanding and without empathy. Neither was it sympathetic to anyone’s shortcomings. If you did not obey the law completely you would be cursed.

However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.

Deuteronomy 28:15 NIV

Grace and Truth

New Covenant Grace

“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
Christ is the mediator of the new covenant by which we obtain salvation through faith. Under the new covenant, God wins our affection with love. He elevates our souls with kindness and inspires us with hope.

Grace makes it possible to experience the holiness necessary to please God in a sinful body that could otherwise never be holy enough to stand before God. “The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus is God’s Son. Moses is God’s servant. The Son is greater than the servant is.

The old covenant was insufficient to save anyone. It was intended to adjudge sin to make way for the Gospel. If the first covenant had been without fault, there would have been no need for a second one. But finding fault, the Creator Himself says,

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those day, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God and they will be My people. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

Hebrews 8:10,12

Under the new covenant of grace, God supplies everything required to love Him. There are but two conditions to the covenant:

  1. The Great I AM will be our God.
  2. We shall be His people.

The benefits of grace are far superior to the law. Under grace, God promises to:

  • Put His laws in our minds wnd writes them on our hearts.
  • Be merciful to our unrighteousness (wickedness and sinfulness).
  • Forgive us of our sins and lawless deeds and not impute them to us.

The new covenant is built on God’s provision. Under grace God supplies. Our part is to believe the word of God and receive His provision.

Mount Zion

Mount Zion is the place where Yahweh, the Creator of the universe dwells (Isaiah 8:18; Psalm 74:2). Zion is where we go to access the benefits of the new covenant.

In the New Testament Book of Hebrews, God plainly tells us that He is no longer on Mount Sinai. Verses 22-24 is a scrupulous and unambiguous message to the church and everyone living in the last days.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.

Hebrews 12:22-24

“You have come to Mount Zion…” (Hebrews 12:22)
At Mount Sinai, God wrote His laws on stone tablets. But you and I have come to Mount Zion, where God writes His laws on our hearts and in our minds; where He purifies our appetites, affections, and passions; where He gives us grace, so we will willingly obey without being terrified of Him.

The message to the church is to walk by faith in a renewed spirit, for faith creates endless possibilities. God desires that we enter His rest.

Don’t be like Israel at Sinai. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). God lives on Zion. He visited Sinai to bring us to Zion.

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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

      Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma 

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away. 
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability 
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion 
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation 
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness 
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself. 
8. Take care of your health 
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him. 
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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By Eric Dunbar

I am the founder of Believing Faith Blog and the author of the book "Believing Faith Speaks." Once addicted to the heinous drug, crack cocaine, I was delivered by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Believing Faith is my Online Ministry, through which I take the opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ. It gives me great pleasure to help other believers to activate, feed, exercise, and speak faith. because believing faith speaks. 2 Corinthians 4:13

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