Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. A city whose foundation is on a hill cannot be hidden. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. A city on a hilltop cannot be hidden. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. You cannot hide a city that has been built on a mountain. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hidden. A city situated on the top of a mountain cannot be hidden.
Question: If a person stood on a hill and was looking for a city in his immediate or distant environment, which city would he notice first?
Answer: The city on the hill he was standing on or the city on another hill in front, at the back or at the sides of the hill where he stood.
Question: if a person standing in a valley was looking for a city, which city in his immediate or distant environment would be first noticed?
Answer: the city on the hill that surrounds the valley where he stands would be first noticed.
Question: how can the city built on a mountain be hidden?
Answer: a way to hide a city built on a mountain is to allow a thick forest to grow from inside the city, outside the city, and allow this thick forest to completely surround the city and grow higher than the highest top of the city itself; allow another thick forest to grow from the valley straight up to the mountain top, high above the mountain and then above the city – such that someone / people standing on another hill afar off wouldn’t notice the difference between the valley, and the mountain, and the city, therefore the city is completely hidden.
Mat 5:14 can mean so many things some of which are:
- There are some men / women that try so hard to hide the city / cities that is set or built on a hill. They try to go against nature which has naturally elevated cities set on hills.
- The city that is set on a hill should not try to hide itself, neither should it think it can be easily hidden by men from other men.
- Nobody can hide a city built on a mountain because he/she cannot hide the mountain in the first place. To hide the city on the mountain, the mountain has to be hidden first. It is so much work and effort trying to hide a mountain. It is harder work trying to destroy the mountain.
- In matters of war, the army in the city on a hill has a better advantage over armies coming from the valley. It is easier to throw downward than to throw upwards. It is easier to shoot arrows downwards than upwards.
Conclusion: if the city that is built on a hill top / mountain cannot be hidden, how much more the light that shines forth from inside and outside the city. Naturally, the light from the city on the mountain “lights up” or should “light up” the valley.
This is why Jesus said “Ye are the Light of the world (valley)”, because you (“who believe in me” – Jesus says) are like a city set on a hill, which cannot be naturally hidden.
Food for thought: are you a city, set on a hill and hidden?
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