Are you on the 7 Mountains path of goats or 7 Matthew sheep
situated by Jesus' sermon?
Rev. Douglas Olds
17 September 2023
I. Mark 6:39 and Ps 23:2--the seekers are seated by the messiah in green pastures. In Matt 5:1 Jesus goes up the mountain to find a crowd. He sits down to deliver his Sermon on the Mount, modeling, instructing, and habituating how these mountain seekers may become his sheep by returning meekly to the sheepfold, through the sheep's gate (Matt 7:13-14), and the green pasturelands prepared by his Father.
II. Goats ignore this sermon to keep climbing the (“7”) Mountains to win the high places. Where they learn the gait of demons: 2 Chronicles 11:15; Isa. 13:21. Goats render and activate (march for) the state (Prov. 30: 29-31). Goats serve the state--a coercive and hegemonic social order--not the people individually and severally in civilizing caregiving.
III. The activated essence of OT beauty is the hair of the loved one which resembles goats streaming down Mount Gilead (Song 4.1; 6:5) to where there are good pasturelands (Nu. 32.1;26) and healing balm (Jer 8:22; 46:11)—where the people are restored (Jer 50:19; Zech 10:10).
IV. The kinesthetics of beauty are the goats leaving their upwards chases of transcendence where are found only demons, to return to earth where they find and serve grace and learn new, gentling and virtuous ways.
V. Those presented with the Sermon on the Mount are posed with a choice: to keep climbing, marching toward a pipe dream of transcendence or, like the prodigal son, to return to the plains and pastures prepared by the Father and tended by the immanent Christ.
V. At the Father-determined terminus of the age there is a fixation of moral essence--a Christological judgement: one is separated from the other (Ezek 34:17; Matt 25:31–46).