Interpreting the Mountain

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
(Is. 40:4).

What does it mean that every mountain shall be made low? What’s wrong with mountains?

It could be argued that the earth must be leveled so that all can see the glory of the Lord coming at the same time, no valleys or hills obscuring the view. Maybe.

I recently posed this question to my science class, who had just finished reading Jim Jordan’s Through New Eyes. At first they answered with some sort of equalizing gesture; we’re all the same before God.

Then I asked them what mountains symbolized. Altars, a meeting place with God, ladders to heaven. I asked again, what do mountains mean? They answered that there will be no need for an altar, no need to ascend into heaven to meet with God, for he will be with us.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
(Matt. 3:1-3)

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