Summary: Some mountains in life are to be climbed, some are to be conquered, some are to be commanded, and some are cordoned off.
Why Didn’t My Mountain Move?
Today we begin a series of messages that are based on a question a woman asked her pastor at the conclusion of a service.
WHY DIDN’T MY MOUNTAIN MOVE?
The question came after he had preached on the text in Mark that says: "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." (Mark 11:23)
Apparently her mountain hadn’t moved. I think his answer was somewhat inspired as he simply said, "Some mountains in life are to be climbed, some mountains in life are to be conquered, some mountains in life are to be commanded." That sentence is the lynch pin upon which this series of messages will hang. I will add a fourth scenario to the three he stated: "Some mountains in life are cordoned off."
Today we begin with general comments about mountains, and in the weeks to come we will address the four subjects we have listed.
Intro.: Mountains play a big role in Scripture: The ark rested on Mt. Ararat, the sacrifice of Isaac was on a mount, the Law was given on Mt. Sinai, Caleb said, "give me my mount", the temple was built on Mt. Zion, Elijah & prophets of Baal fought on Mt. Carmel, the second temptation of Jesus was on a mount, the transfiguration of Jesus took place on a mount. That both Moses, and Jesus were gloriously transformed on mounts, speaks to us that mountains represent in scripture high places of communion with God.
Today we will begin with a statement of Caleb that we will deal much more with, when we come to the message that some mountains in life are to be conquered. But for today we will use Joshua 14:12 as our introductory text into our discussion of mountains.
Joshua 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims [were] there, and [that] the cities [were] great [and] fenced: if so be the LORD [will be] with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
MOUNTAINS SPEAK TO US OF PRIVILEGE.
God gives the fertile plains to those whose strength and constitution are small. He reserves mountains for those who are more hardy in nature and disposition. Mountains though difficult to conquer are a privileged blessing He gives to those who have especially found His favor. It is not the easy life, and the easy road that are specially favored of God, it is not crossless Christianity that He smiles upon, it is he that goes forth bearing precious seed weeping that shall doubtless come again rejoicing. The harder the task, the greater the investment that God has entrusted you with. To be given a mountain is a statement by God that He thinks highly of you, and He thinks highly of what He plans to do through you.
Matthew Henry, the great Bible commentator, discussing this passage makes some general comments and then relates the following conversation that is said to have taken place between Moses and Caleb.