Summary: A sermon on why Moses would climb the mountain God told him he would die on
Going Mountain Climbing With God
Deut 32:48- 50 and Deut 34:1- 5
“Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things,
so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must
become the essential characteristic of our lives.” Andrew Murray
Would you climb that Mountain? Why did Moses?
Why didn’t he
1 Despute to engage in argument or debate.
to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
Exod 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should go unto
Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Exod 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me,
nor hearken unto my voice:
Signs Rod turned into a serpent and into a rod again. Hand turned leperous and
back to normal river water poured on the ground turned into blood
Exod 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent,
neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but
I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Exod 4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom
thou wilt send.
Phil 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Prov 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating
fool shall fall.
“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His
plans.” ~ George Macdonald
Delayed obedience is disobedience.
As Christians it’s easy to delay obedience. Sometimes we just know the
right thing to do and we don’t want to do it. We choose to sin rather
than obey God. It grieves me when I do this. Yet I’m stubborn.
I want what I want instead of what God wants. So I delay obeying.
This is actually disobeying.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Ps 119:60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.
Moses knew that God would
1. Be With Him
remember all the times the Jews turned their backs on Moses, talked about
him, tried to replace him, would have killed him.
Ex 15:24 And the people murmured against Moses,
Ex 16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured
against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:
Ex 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured
against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast
brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and
our cattle with thirst?
Num 14: 1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and
the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured
against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said
unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or
would God we had died in this wilderness! 3 And wherefore hath the
LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives
and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return
into Egypt? 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain,
and let us return into Egypt.
Num 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the
glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation
before all the children of Israel.
Num 16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have
killed the people of the LORD.
Ex 3: 11 And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should go unto
Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel
out of Egypt? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;
2. Take care of him
Heb 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be]
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will
never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Not even in death
1Kgs 8:12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell
in the thick darkness.
Exod 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto
the thick darkness where God [was].
Ps 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is
overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [that] is higher than I.
Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy might.