the high mountains
12:2 the high mountains. The Canaanites–as well as other nations worshipping “the host of heaven”–believed they could best contact their “gods” (actually the evil spiritual beings that had followed Satan in his age-long war against the true God of creation) in “high places.” In flatlands, artificial high places were constructed (ziggurats, pyramids, etc.) to achieve this purpose. Such practices were forbidden the people of God.