We read in the book of Exodus chapter 19 that Jehovah G – d rested on the top of Mount Sinai and as He did, the mountain bellowed out a thunderous roar under the weight of the Almighty; Sinai burst into flames sending out a thick cloud of black smoke that filled the air and engulfed the top of the mountain. The creator G – d had come down from heaven to visit with His chosen people Israel and invited Moses, their leader to come to the top of the Sinai so they could talk face to face.
Moses quickly obliges and climbs to the peak, entering the thick black pulsating cloud into the unknown. We can get a glimpse into this amazing experience by reading Exodus chapter 25 and Hebrews chapter 8 where we are told the details of Moses’ mountaintop encounter with G – d;
“Tell the Israelites that they are to set aside offerings for me. Receive the offerings from everyone who is willing to give…Let them construct a Sanctuary for me so that I can live among them. You are to construct it following the plans I’ve given you…” Exd.25: 1, 8 & 9 MSG
The Sanctuary (tabernacle) was the place of worship for the Israelites and was constructed based on the plans given to Moses by G – d on the mount. In other words the place and practice of worship came from heaven to earth so that earth can come to heaven!
Through the subsequent years that followed this defining moment on the mountain of G – d, worship has grown to become a liturgical set of practices filtered through the cultural and social norms of the day. But worship is not to be defined by our cultural or social rituals, nor should it be based upon a set of religious traditions passed down from generation to generation, but worship, in my opinion, ought to be the climatic experience of an individual’s personal intimate encounter with the living G – d.
True worshippers are the one’s who are prepared to climb the mountain of faith and expectation, with only perseverance and a fiery love that seeks to consume you from within as companions on your journey, and willingly penetrate the thick clouds of social, cultural and religious traditions in order to have that personal face to face encounter with Jesus!
The word cy-an-o-type is another word for blueprint, plan or pattern – perhaps we ought to examine whether we are worshipping G – d according to the pattern!
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