Dwelling in certain hilly backwoods areas of the United States are hardy individuals known as mountain men and women. These rural folk are often admired for their rugged individualism, love of freedom, and down-to-earth practicality There are, however, other "mountain" people, so to speak, whose lives and penetrating wisdom are even more worthy of emulation—the great thinkers and doers of the Bible. Their "mountains" were not physical but spiritual. They reached heights of spiritual insight, which helped lift humanity to a higher understanding of God.
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On the mount of revelation, for example, Moses received the Ten Commandments. The prophet Elijah saw something of the nature of God in the "still small voice" of spirituality, which rebuked matter's claim to have destructive power. See I Kings 19:9-12. Mary the mother of Jesus, glimpsed the supremacy of God as creator. See Luke 1: 35-38. And Christ Jesus himself reached the pinnacle of spiritual realization and dominion in his resurrection and ascension.