Today, we are looking at Mount Zion, which stands at 2510ft high on the Southeast side of Jerusalem. Zion is actually the highest mountain in Jerusalem, yet practically, Zion roughly translates as a “high hill.”
The Bible describes this place as not only the City of David but also the City of God. Yet, what I love about Zion is how the Bible speaks of Zion around 150 times, but as it does, it expands as not just the physical place, but also, Zion takes on a spiritual element of what is to come.
King David initially captures the City (as we read in 2 Samuel 5:7) from the Jebusites and he renames this place the City of David. David also built the Palace here, and therefore, this becomes the place of power within Israel’s Kingdom.
Later we read how King Solomon would go on to build the Temple for the Lord, in Jerusalem, at Mount Moriah (this is where Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac) so the area to which the Temple stood upon, also became known as Zion (Psalm 2:6)
As mentioned above, Zion is used in a spiritual element within Scripture, and this shows in the Old Testament, which refers to Israel as the people of God (Isaiah 60:14). Yet, in the New Testament, Zion refers to God’s Spiritual Kingdom (Hebrews 12:22)
Mount Zion, currently is one of the hot topics within Judaism, Christians, and the Muslims. However, the Bible is clear that one day, Zion will become the Lord’s and the Nation, as well as the City, will be restored
“The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down at your feet and will call you the City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel”Isaiah 60:14
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