February 8, 2019 @ 12:30 PM


An awe-inspired moment for the Israelites as they gather at the foot of Mount Horeb  Illustration 

Illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company, 1907


Mount Horeb, also known as Mount Sinai, is one of the most important religious sites in the Bible.  It was on Mount Horeb that Moses met God for the first time. As “the angel of the LORD appeared unto him [Moses] in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush …,” God commanded Moses to deliver the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage.[1]  In another display of God’s power, Moses later witnessed “the finger of God” pen the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone in the same holy mountain called Horeb.[2]

What’s in a name?

The Hebrew word for Horeb is Choreb and when translated means “desolate.” [3]  Another source defines Horeb as “desert, solitude and destruction.”[4]  Still another source describes it as a “desert or mountain of the dried-up ground . . .” [5]

Why did God reveal Himself to Moses in this place? 

After killing an Egyptian for beating one of his Hebrew brethren, Moses spent 40 years in exile in the land of Midian.  He appeared to be at his lowest point—alone, desolate, a stranger and fugitive.  But Moses was in the best place for spiritual promotion.  Confronting his past mistakes and weaknesses meant allowing pride and excuses to dry up and fall away.  In the solitude of the desert, Moses embraced humility.  That first encounter with God marked Moses’s transformation from a fugitive to a leader of great destiny on Mount Horeb, “the Mountain of God.”

Have you had a Mount Horeb encounter yet?


[1] Exodus 3:2 -10 (King James Version of the Bible)

[2] Exodus 31:18, Deuteronomy 9:10 (King James Version of the Bible)

[3] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

[4] Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names

[5] Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary