Summary: He that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
Give Me My Mountain
Joshua 18:1-4 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh,
and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.
And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you? Give out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send them, and they shall rise, and go through the land,
and describe it according to the inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me.
Isaiah 57:13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but Give Me My Mountain
As the children of Israel finally began to take possession of their inheritance, we see that there
are seven tribes that for some reason, have failed
to receive their inheritance.
The same problem is in the church today; many of Gods people are living substandard lives because
they haven’t taken hold of the promises of God.
When the bible says they had not received their inheritance, it actually means that they had failed to drive out the enemy. It was an evident fact that their land, though promised to them by God, was inhabited by people who opposed their right to the land.
To possess their inheritance meant they had to dispossess the enemy. To drive them out.
The land belonged to the children of Israel by right of inheritance, by promise, but it was occupied and dominated by their enemies.
Joshua sternly questions and rebukes them, for not moving in faith concerning their inheritance.
How long are ye slack to go to possess the land,
which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you?
The point is:
#1 The land had been given to them by God
#2 It was their responsibility to do whatever
they had to do in order to take possession of it.
Joshua was asking them how long they were going to hang back, and put off, possessing their inheritance.
How long were they going to be lazy, self-preserving, fearful, and unwilling to take back their land.
Give Me My Mountain
Similarities between this Old and New Testament
#1 By inheritance the land belonged to them,
Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.
#2 They must forcibly take of what was legally theirs.
#3 They were slack to take what was theirs.
We find this same scenario in the church world today.
We are the seed of Abraham, and heirs to the blessing.
Gal 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit, through faith.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Give Me My Mountain
But as it was then, even so is it today, there are enemies possessing our inheritance and we must be willing to fight for what is legally ours.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
One reason many of Gods people are cheated out of their inheritance is: because they don’t know what belongs to them, they are unfamiliar with the will.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge,
I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I will also forget thy children.
Another reason is: we are just plain slack,
slothful, lazy, (unwilling to fight for it).
Many Christians would rather live a low level mediocre self-preserving life, and do without their rights and privileges as Sons and Daughters of God than have to engage the enemy in spiritual warfare.
We say things that make us feel better about ourselves,
Like, it’s not for us here anyway, it’s all in heaven
I SAY Give Me My Mountain
Our possessions are not over in heaven waiting for us to die so we can go over there and get them.
Our possessions are in Christ, waiting for us to rise up in faith, and drive out every enemy of our promises and take possession of what belongs to us through the redemptive work that God wrought in Christ Jesus.
The Promise land of the Old Testament was not a type of Heaven (There will not be any giants in heaven).