Rabbit Trail: Mount Horeb (Pt. 3)

…THE END OF THE TRILOGY.

Or something like that.  ><

Anyway.

There are only a handful of references to Mount Horeb outside of Exodus and Deuteronomy.  Literally, a handful – exactly five (that I know of – using biblegateway.com here as my search engine, so I hope that’s acceptable).
One of them is the aforementioned verse in 1 Kings 19.  Another is in 1 Kings 8:9, which we will look at in context.  So:

(NIV1984) 1 Kings 8:1-9 – “Then King Solomon summoned into his presence at Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.  All the men of Israel came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.
“When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark, and they brought up the ark of the LORD and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it.  The priests and Levites carried them up, and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.
“The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.  The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed the ark and its carrying poles.  These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today.  There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.”

This is basically a description of the ark.  This could spawn off another rabbit trail, but we’re not going to go there today.  (I don’t know when – or even if – we will.  I don’t think it’s come up again in my Elijah/Elisha study so far…so depending on what we study after that, I suppose….)
But what’s so interesting to me (and maybe it’s not to you, and that’s okay) is that it specifically goes into when the two stone tablets were placed in the ark – not just when but where – Mount Horeb.  That when it speaks of Mount Horeb, it goes out of its way to say that this was the place “where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 8:9).
To me, that’s cool.

But – to the next reference!

(It should be noted here that we’re skipping the 2 Chronicles 5:10 reference because it is basically the same as this one.)

In Psalm 106, we find our next reference to Horeb:
“At Horeb they made a calf
and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
They exchanged their Glory
for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
They forgot the God who saved them,
who had done great things in Egypt,
miracles in the land of Ham
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
So he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
to keep his wrath from destroying them.”
–(NIV1984) Psalm 106:19-23

The point of this Psalm is God’s enduring love and opens with an exclamation to “Praise the LORD.” (NIV1984, Psalm 106:1).  It goes through multiple times that God’s people have turned away from Him and yet He keeps reclaiming them and saving them.  In fact, the very last verses say:
“Many times he delivered them,
but they were bent on rebellion
and they wasted away in their sin.

“But he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;
for their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented.
He caused them to be pitied
by all who held them captive.

“Save us, O LORD our God,
and gather us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.

“Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Let all the people say, ‘Amen!’

“Praise the LORD.”
–(NIV1984, Psalm 106:43-48).

The point of this Psalm is just that – how God keeps remembering His covenant and relenting, saving His people and protecting them although they don’t deserve it.  And this, to me, is an amazing aspect and attribute of God!

The last reference to Mount Horeb is in Malachi 4:4.  However, I will reserve studying this passage until we get to Malachi 4:5-6.  This seems to me the best idea.  Hopefully it is also okay with you guys!

So – that’s the end of our rabbit trailing trilogy to Mount Horeb!  Tomorrow we will return to Elijah and 1 Kings 19!  I hope to see you guys then!

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