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High And Mighty

God at times appeared to humans from "high places," such as Mount Sinai:

"19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD [i.e. Christ; see 'The God Of The Old Testament'] descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly." (Exodus 19:18 KJV)

God's servants, such as Abraham and Noah worshipped the LORD on high places, but no matter how "high" they were, they never lost sight of the eternal reality that they were always and forever under God - and the consequences, rewards or punishments, of His Law. Only God is "High and Mighty."

"12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 12:7-8 KJV)

"8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat ... 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar." (Genesis 8:4,20 KJV)

"The haughty shall be humbled"

"16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18 KJV) is one of the most well-known and quoted Scriptures, but consider that for a "fall" to happen, one must have achieved some sort of height. The problem, when it happens, is not from the height itself, but from what one does while there.

Raising a person or a nation to a great height is a God-given reward for righteousness:

The Heights Of Heaven

"26:16 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 26:17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: 26:18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 26:19 And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken." (Deuteronomy 26:16-19 KJV)

"23:1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 23:2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." (2 Samuel 23:1-3 KJV)

On the other hand, arrogance ("pride based upon contempt for others") is what "pride goeth before destruction, and "haughty spirit before a fall" is describing. "Haughty" literally means "high-ty."

"22:28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down." (2 Samuel 22:28 KJV)

"10:33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled." (Isaiah 10:33 KJV) "2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day." (Isaiah 2:11 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Did Satan rebel because he wanted to make himself "high"? (b) Did the LORD cast the devil "down" when he became arrogant?
(a) Isaiah 14:13-14; see also Face Of An Angel, Heart Of A Devil
(b) Ezekiel 28:17, Luke 10:18; see also 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'

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