Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mountain, Hill and Valley: The Three Divisions

Photo taken on May 29, 2010 near Landsend Mountain, Colorado.
"Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths."
Isaiah 2: 3
I recently returned from a mountain climbing adventure with my friend who lives in Colorado. On the way to our hike, we passed this natural "temple-like" rock structure. It is a focal point in the fertile valley near the city of Paonia (an Indian reservation) surrounded by majestic mountains.
At first glance one might not see the symbolism in the photo.. of the division of earth and sky... and also the three divisions of the earth: the flat green valley, the upward, sloping hills and the rock mountain. Division yet forming a whole structure. Balance.
I just recently learned about the reality of the Spiritual Division of "three " in an email from a friend.
In our modern competitive culture we have three divisions in almost everything we do. We have the First, Place, Second Place and Third place in our teams, our competitions, and our awards.
In the physical world we have the 3 precious metals of gold, silver, and bronze. The 3 Semi-precious metals of copper, brass, and iron.. and the 3 common materials of rock, wood, and clay(dust/mud).
There are also Spiritual Divisions.. of people. (Celestial, Terrestial, and Telestial)
In Isaiah, we can read of the Lord referring to 3 types of people in the Last Days...We have those who see God (who meet Him when He comes), these are those who are protected as a hen under her wings. The next choose not to be protected and suffer for it throughout the tribulation... however some of these survive the calamities of the last days (they are part of that group that needs to repent – and does), and finally there are those who are part of the destruction, who are trodden down.

1 comment:

  1. Well, I definitely know what group I want to be in...
    Here is another thought on the 3 divisions...I have noticed that how a person see's others is where they are at.
    Example...IF its a "Cruel World, everyone in it for themselves" that may be saying more of the speaker than the world itself.

    Another thought on the difference in DESIRE of The Celestial, Terrestial, Telestial.

    Something that has bee confusing to me is why others would not want to have Exaltation. The thought that hit me one day is "maybe they really dont want that." It was quite shocking to me that would be the case. Whw would you NOT want it. There in lies a distinction, what We REALLY want deep down is likely what we will get, as we make choices based on those Eternal desires within us.