Listening to Exodus on cd, the other day, I heard this Scripture. God is instructing Moses in how to build an altar to the Most High God that no tool should be used on the large stones of the altar. And then God admonishes Moses in 20:25, “Neither should you go up by steps to My altar that your nakedness be not exposed upon it.” I thought that a most fascinating command by God to Moses. So I inquired of Sara why did God not want the people or rather, priests, to make steps up to His altar? Her answer was quite enlightening (which is one of her gifts). She said, and I paraphrase, ‘because man cannot make his own way up to God. He cannot make his own steps up to the Most High God. It has to be done HIS way.’ I thought about the truth of that for quite a bit.
You know the people of SHINAR tried to build a tower to heaven and the Lord God divided them into languages and tribes to frustrate that man-made, man-oriented , man-serving project at BABEL. Heaven, indeed!!
And, in meditating over and over on that Scripture and what Sara said, I thought about the song that was pretty popular a few years ago by Led Zeppelin, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.
SOME of the lyrics go like this:
“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’ buying the stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh..she’s building the stairway to heaven
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for your May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder.
The piper’s calling you to join him
dear lady can you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind….
And she’s building the stairway to heaven.”
This sad lady’s stairway that she is building is built on the wind, and not the wind of the Holy Spirit, either.
Sara wrote a song a few years ago, too, that even better demonstrate not only the command of the Lord God in Exodus, but also what Led Zeppelin’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN was trying to say. Here are SOME of Sara’s lyrics:
JESUS IS WAITING THERE
“There are so many that have crossed the road
They’ve crossed the road to their wealth, or so they say
But they have missed the path, the path the Savior walked
To endure, to endure to the last.
I’m waiting there at the door of your soul
To release the chains of your pain
So hear Me when I say come back to Me my child
Come back to Me to the place of My rest.
Look up! look up! past the days of gloom
And let My mourning Dove arise in your heart
You’ll find I’m there and waiting for your call
Saying Oh Jesus, I want to come back home.”
That’s the STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, not made with human hands but with the sacred wood of the Cross of Christ. That’s the ONLY STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.