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Ascending The Mountain Where God Gave Moses The Ten Commandments

Exploring Egypt’s holy mountain — Mount Sinai

Jhemmylrut Teng
Dec 30, 2020 · 11 min read
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Moses and the Biblical Mountain

Mount Sinai lies in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and rises 2,285 meters above sea level. In Arabic, it is called Jebel Musa, which means “Mount of Moses.”

Moses: the deliverer of slaves

The second book in the Bible is Exodus, which means “exit.” The story solely focuses on how the Hebrews exited Egypt and were freed from slavery by the “deliverer” assigned by God. This person will lead the entire race to the promised land.

Moses in a basket with her biological mother and sister, Miriam (left); Moses was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter in the Nile river (right) | Images credit: The Ten Commandments (1956 movie)
Depiction of Moses at Mt. Sinai talking to the Burning Bus | Image credit: The Ten Commandments (1956 movie)
  1. Do not make or worship idols.
  2. Do not disrespect or misuse God’s name.
  3. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  4. Honor your mother and father.
  5. Do not commit murder.
  6. Do not commit adultery.
  7. Do not steal.
  8. Do not tell lies
  9. Do not be envious of others.
Depiction of God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mt. Sinai | Images credit: The Ten Commandments (1956 movie)

My Journey To The Holy Mountain

When I was a child, I thought, these landmarks in the Bible such as Mount Sinai were either fantasy or already lost in time. Therefore, knowing that some of these places still exist today, I was thrilled to get to see them in real life.

At the foot of the mountain

Since our accommodation was nearby Mount Sinai, our group arrived in less than thirty minutes. At the entrance there’s an ancient establishment that can be seen, it is the Saint Catherine Monastery (later in this article, I will reveal the importance of this monastery. So, keep reading, and stay tuned).

Riding a camel all to way to Elijah’s Basin | Uploaded by the author
The Camel Trail looks like in daylight | Uploaded by the author

The Elijah’s Basin

Since I can’t see much in the dark, all I can reckon during the ride was the chilling breeze, the moon, and my white camel, Whiskey. For whatever reason, he loved giving way to other camels.

“Whiskey! Stop giving away our spot.”

Since Whiskey was such a generous camel, we ended up as the last one in our group to arrive at the Elijah’s Basin. Here, all camels stop and rest.

Me and Whiskey at the Elijah’s Basin after my summit-sunrise moment | Uploaded by the author
The Elijah’s Basin | Uploaded by the author

Witnessing the Sunrise at the Top of Sinai

Since Whiskey carried me for two and a half hours, my legs undermined the 750 rocky steps. At the top of the mountain, there is a chapel and a mosque across from each other. But these two are kept locked.

Rising beneath your feet

From afar, bright orange light can be seen. The sun was about to rise, and while it was gently moving up, it looks like a tiny yellow marble. Indeed, our guide was right, it was breathtaking, the sun seems so small that it looks rising beneath our feet.

Sunrise at the summit of Mount Sinai | Uploaded by the author

“Dear Moses, I made it. I am here. I get to see what you have seen. I feel like I am closer to heaven. I am closer to HIM.”

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The rocky Steps of Repentance

Since the sun is already up, and the beauty of Sinai is vivid. The rocky red mountain is literally in the midst of a desert. I neither saw any trees nor greens up there. I was also stunned by how high the summit is. It’s a different world up there.

Steps of Repentance of Mount Sinai | Uploaded by the author
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The Burning Bush

The Saint Catherine Monastery was founded way back in 330 A.D. It is believed that this place is the exact spot where Moses had his revelation with God through a Burning Bush.

The Burning Bush inside Saint Catherine’s Monastery | Image credit: World Traveler Connector
Saint Catherine Monastery | Uploaded by the author
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Jhemmylrut Teng

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PR Sr. Specialist | MA in International Development I Ex-Reporter for TV5 & Bloomberg TV | Toastmaster | Goodwill Ambassador | jhemmylrut@jteng.info

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Jhemmylrut Teng

Written by

PR Sr. Specialist | MA in International Development I Ex-Reporter for TV5 & Bloomberg TV | Toastmaster | Goodwill Ambassador | jhemmylrut@jteng.info

World Traveler’s Blog

A collaborative project from a diverse group of adventurers and digital nomads sharing the world through inspiring stories. The more you know, the better you travel!

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