Further to my previous post, this post focuses on the 2nd Place of Spiritual Abundance, Mount Carmel.
Carmel is spoken of extensively in the Old Testament. Located in Israel, Carmel is a 39km long, 8km wide mountain range, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea. It’s elevation is 546m. The mountain has many caves and consists of an admixture of limestone and flint.
In ancient times Carmel was covered by rich grazing lands and vineyards. The mountain has had its share of violence and was also a centre for idol worship. God rained down fire on the mountain, and the prophet Elijah at God’s command killed the prophets of Baal in the Kidron valley. You can read the full story in 1 Kings, 18.
Besides the negative aspects, the mountain is a spiritual place because it is remembered for its beauty and excellence. A place where the Lord displayed his glory and splendour. Carmel in scripture is spoken of as complete, full, and perfect, and this in the spiritual sense can be applied in the search for Truth.
As I did in my previous post on The Plain of Sharon, here too have I done a painting of the 2nd Place of Spiritual Abundance, i.e., Carmel (a section of the mountain), and penned a poem as I see it in the spiritual sense.
MOUNT CARMEL. (2nd Place of Spiritual Abundance) Karem EL of ancient times, The splendid and fertile garden of God. Rich in beauty and fruitful vines, Here, the excellency of God was to be found. O soul, be perfected and thrive like Carmel. May your burning sands become a river. Let springs of water flow into places long since barren, To bud into fullness like the roses of Sharon. Slay the soul’s thief with the sword, Just as Elijah, in faith and with Power Slew the prophets of Baal At Carmel, the Holy Mountain of God. The winter of the soul has departed in a huff, And spring has appeared like a great flight of doves! Its fragrance and joy evinced in each fresh sprig Of myrtle, the olive, the grape, and the fig. ~ Caroline Street.
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