1 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised in the city of our Elohim, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
It is remarkable and beautiful that Jerusalem first appears in history in a foreshadowing of her end-as the throne of a priestly king of righteousness and peace-Melchizedek. That was at the time of Abraham.
...Moriah and Zion-twin hills of sacrifice and triumph-the priesthood and the crown!
...The Lamb stood on Mount Zion. The first mention of Zion is when David captured the Jebusite stronghold and named it the "City of David." It was the southern extension of the hill of Moriah, where later the Temple was built. These two hills-Moriah and Zion-together portray the priestly and kingly aspects-
"He shall be a priest upon his throne."
In the vast scope of the House of Prayer, as portrayed by Bro. Sulley-a scope utterly unperceived by any orthodox commentator- this whole area of Moriah and Zion form the central glorious pinnacle upon which the altar stands-
"Upon the top of the mountain, the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, THIS IS THE LAW OF THE HOUSE" (Eze. 43:12).
Bro Growcott - 144 000 on Mount Zion
14 For this Elohim is our Elohim for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
WE tend to seek God's guidance generally but not specifically; vocally but not mentally; ritually but not actually. Regardless of our protestations, and even of what we think are our intentions, we tend in actuality to do what we think (or hope) that God will think is best.
Seeking God's guidance is of little value unless it is a continuous, conscious process, applied to every detail of every decision. The flesh is like a powerful spring: though compressed, it will immediately re-extend the moment the pressure is relaxed.
It is common to dutifully "seek God's guidance" at the inauguration of a process of action (compressing the spring), and then immediately to relax the spring and act according to our own "best judgment" - presuming that therein God is guiding us. This is a complete fallacy. Even the utterly fleshly U.S. Congress does this: ostentatiously intoning a solemn prayer for Divine guidance at each opening session, then putting the flesh completely in charge for the rest of the way.
To seek God's guidance is:
1) to continually study the Word with the sincere, conscious intention of applying it in detail to our lives, and
2) to appeal to Him in silent prayer in EVERY detail - fully conscious that our own natural fleshly thinking is utterly undependable even momentarily, and realizing that if God does not guide us step by step and moment by moment, we shall never do anything right or worthwhile.
We do not break the process down finely enough. We assume periodic spurts of guidance will keep us on track. But God's guidance is not like momentum which when set in motion will continue thereafter. Rather it is like electric power which stops immediately the circuit is broken.
The Berean Christadelphian Magazine, Sept, 2017