The highs and the lows in scripture. It seems as if every significant event in the Old Testament and the New Testament are marked by either a high spot or a low spot. The darkness of the Valley of the Shadow of Death, countered with the glory of a mountain called Zion. Most of Jesus ministry happened in the valley. Except for the trips to Gethsemane – which is on a hill – and a mountain referred to as ‘Transfiguration’. When Abraham let Lot choose the land he wanted to occupy, Lot choose the verdant valley which left our ‘Faith’ Father Abraham up in the hills looking down when the end of Sodom and Gomorrah came.
Abraham was told by God to “Go” and offer your son Isaac on an altar beside the mountain called Moriah. After he had obeyed and the sacrifice provided by God revealed itself, Abraham looked up, saw the ram with its horns stuck in the thorns, and saw Mt. Moriah in the background.
Scripture teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.” Proverbs 8.
When the Romans would chose a spot to perform public executions, they would chose a high place beside the way, where the paths meet just outside a city. A very public place. How curious then, that Golgotha has Mt. Moriah as its background, the Temple Mount of Jerusalem.
Is it coincidence that the ‘fear of the Lord’ and ‘wisdom’ both begin at the cross? You cannot approach the Cross with swag like an overpaid NFL player. The horrific sight alone is enough to make you low. God gives wisdom to anyone with enough guts to ask. But, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” When you ask God for wisdom, do it from your knees.
Proverbs, thirty one chapters, one for each day of the month. There is a blessing attached just for reading the Proverbs. “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.