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God created mountains because of this:
I don't think that mountains were typically a place for finding solitude. Caves in the side of a cliff, empty gardens at night, etc. are places of solitude. It's a big oversimplification to reduce mountains to being merely a symbol of separation.
Jason said:I was thinking this morning about this and came to this conclusion: Jesus went up into a mountain to pray. He did so to separate Himself from others.
In the instances which I mentioned, the same thing happens; the people are separated from other people.
It seems the significance in this context is that God's call for us to commune with Him calls for us to separate ourselves to Him that we may worship without hindrance.
Just a thought.
"Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain"
by James Montgomery, 1771-1854
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 117
1. Come to Calvary's holy mountain,
Sinners, ruined by the Fall;
Here a pureand healing fountain
Flows to you, to me, to all,
In a full, perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.
2. Come in poverty and meanness,
Come defiled, without, within;
From infection and uncleanness,
From the leprosy of sin,
Wash your robes and make them white;
Ye shall walk with God in light.
3. Come in sorrow and contrition,
Wounded, impotent, and blind;
Here the guilty free remission,
Here the troubled peace, may find.
Health this fountain will restore;
He that drinks shall thirst no more.
4. He that drinks shall live forever;
'Tis a soul-renewing flood.
God is faithful; God will never
Break His covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,
Sealed when He was glorified.
Hymn #149 from The Handbook to TLH
Text: Matt. 11: 28
Author: by James Montgomery, 1891
Composer: Ludwig M. Lindeman, 1871