Ascend to Jehovah’s Mountain

“And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:2, American Standard Version)

As I was reflecting on Micah 4:2 this morning, I realised just how powerful this verse speaks of the divine plan that God has for His children, and the significance of seeking His teachings in our lives. The Prophet Micah spoke of a future where many nations would gather and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Joseph Smith’s Inspired Version) This vision is not necessarily about a physical place, but it speaks to the spiritual walk each of us is invited to undertake. It is an invitation to ascend, to rise above the mundane and the temporal, and to seek the higher ground of Heavenly Father’s presence. Micah’s mention of Jerusalem in conjunction with Zion adds another layer of meaning. Jerusalem, the ancient capital of Israel, holds a central place in religious history and significance. It was the site of the Temple, the center of Jewish worship, and thus represented the epicenter of divine authority on Earth. When Micah declares that “the word of the Lord” will come from Jerusalem, he is alluding to the idea that divine teachings and guidance will emanate from this center of spiritual power. The Prophet Isaiah also refers to Zion in a similar light, describing it as a place where righteousness dwells: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18)

The term “Zion” is derived from the Hebrew word ציון “tsiyon,” which originally referred to the fortified hill in ancient Jerusalem, the City of David. Over time, it evolved to symbolize the dwelling place of God, a place of holiness and spiritual elevation. There are many references to Zion in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and our other scriptures. “Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.” (D&C 14:6) From Topics and Questions, we read: “In the early days of this dispensation, Church leaders counseled members to build up Zion by emigrating to a central location. Today our leaders counsel us to build up Zion wherever we live.”

The image of going up to the mountain of the Lord is symbolic of seeking higher spiritual knowledge and enlightenment. It is an invitation to climb, to put in the effort, and to ascend to greater understanding. In our lives, this journey upwards requires diligence, faith, and a willingness to learn.

The prophet continues, “and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” Here we see the promise of divine guidance and instruction. Heavenly Father, in His infinite love and wisdom, offers to teach us His ways. What a remarkable promise this is! The Creator of the universe, the one who knows all things, is willing to be our Guide, our Teacher, and our Companion on this journey of life. As we open our hearts to His teachings, we begin to understand His ways. We learn of His love, His mercy, His justice, and His plan for our happiness. And as we gain this understanding, we are then called to walk in His paths. Walking in His paths means conforming our lives with His Commandments and principles. It means living in a way that reflects His love and light to those around us.

The Prophet Micah concludes this verse with the declaration: “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem.” Zion, in the scriptures, often represents the pure in heart and the righteous. It can also symbolize a state of being where we are in harmony with Heavenly Father and His laws. From this place of righteousness, God’s Law will go forth, and His word will come from Jerusalem, representing the center of divine authority. For us, this is also a place the kingdom is represented on earth, where God’s light shines through us to others.

In reading these verses, we should consider the invitation extended to each of us. We can heed the call to ascend to the mountain of the Lord, to seek His teachings, and to walk in His paths. I hope that each of us, regardless of our current status or situation in life, can strive to be a part of Zion, where God’s law goes forth and His word guides our lives.

I bear my testimony that Heavenly Father loves each of us individually. He knows us, He guides us, and He invites us to come unto Him. May we accept this invitation with open hearts and minds. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.