1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.
3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.
4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
In Exodus 19:10-25, the Israelites came to Mount Sinai, where they were terrified and unable to approach God’s presence. The writer of Hebrews described that mountain as untouchable, dark, gloomy, tempestuous, and a blazing fire causing such terror, trembling, and fear that the people were unable to endure it (Heb. 12:18-21). In this clearly holy place, God wrote His law on tablets. But Scripture talks about a second mountain, different from Mount Sinai, which is the mountain where we approach God (Heb. 12:18).
The mountain we come to under the new covenant is Mount Zion, the heavenly city of God. Here, God’s law is written not on tablets, but on our hearts through redemption in His Son Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:16). The writer of Hebrews described Mount Zion with words like “heavenly Jerusalem,” “innumerable angels,” “festal gathering,” “righteous made perfect,” “mediator,” and “better.” John’s vision recorded in Revelation is in full agreement. God’s voice is still “like the roar of many waters and the sound of loud thunder” as it was on Mount Sinai. His holiness has not changed, but His people have been changed!
Instead of fear and trembling, we who gratefully lean into the unshakable kingdom of God respond with worshipful reverence. We do not walk in idolatry. We do not shrink back in fear at the first sign of difficulty. Rather, we endure in His grace and power because we are confident that we belong to Him forever. We do not avoid His presence; we embrace it, singing a new song and following Jesus wherever He goes.
• What does it mean to have God’s name written on your forehead?
• How does your view of eternity impact how you live today? What needs to change in your life so that you are living and worshiping as one who has come to Mount Zion?
• Thank the Lord for providing salvation to all who place their faith in His Son, the Lamb. Ask Him to show you how you can lean into His unshakable kingdom with reverence rather than idolatry today.