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  • Pastor Brad Wilt

High on the Mountain

If this earth were our only home, who wouldn’t choose to live in the mountains? The first mention of mountains is in Genesis when the waters from the flood covered the mountains. Then the ark coming to rest in the mountains of Ararat, safety from the remaining flood waters. There is escape to the mountains, refuge in the mountains, safe dwelling in the mountains, the voice of God comes from the mountain. There is beauty in the mountains, when things are going well, we speak of being on the mountain tops. The best military position is the high ground, the mountain tops. Peace of mind can be gained in the mountains.

Never was there a scenic overlook on the flat land or in the valley. On the mountain you can see for miles and miles not only viewing the geography but seeing a different point of view on life and creation. Psalms says that God’s foundation is in the mountains. A man builds his house upon the rocks which are found in the mountains just as a man builds his spiritual house on the rock the gospel of Jesus Christ and the firm foundation of God.

Psalm 87:1

His foundation is in the holy mountains.

God protects us and surrounds us as the mountains that surround Jerusalem, the city of peace. Brown-Driver-Briggs defines Jerusalem this way; “foundation of peace, foundation of Shalem, Shalem = God of peace.”

Psalm 125:2

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even forever.

Jesus’ earthly rule will be from the mountains.

Isaiah 2:2

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Some of Jesus’ most important teaching and discipling was done on the Mount of Olives, also teaching by example, when He really wanted some alone time with the Father, Jesus went to a mountain and prayed.

Matthew 14:23

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Mark 6:46

And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Luke 6:12

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:28

And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Alone time with God is important every day, but when the occasion needs to be special, when the alone time with God needs to be intimate, Jesus went to the mountain. Jesus’ most intense prayers were on the Mount of Olives. He was so focused on prayer and what was to come that the capillaries in his face and head burst causing Him to sweat great drops of blood.

The next time Jesus sets foot on this earth will be a familiar place, the Mount of Olives.

Zechariah 14:4

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

The mountains are certainly a special place to be and absolutely the best place to recharge your batteries and get some intimate alone time with God. The only place better than the mountains? To be in the center of God’s will. God uses His people to call others to Himself. How can they be called if we’re all alone on our personal mountain, enjoying God privately? Jesus didn’t tell us to go to a solitary place and remain there until He comes, He told us to “go.” Remember the Christmas song, “Go tell it on the mountains, over the hills and everywhere”? Being in the center of God’s will means using the talents God has given you to make an eternal impact in people who need Him. Turning people to Christ and into disciples. God uses us and the power of our testimony and the use of the gifts He has blessed us with to draw people to Him, whether it be for salvation, for discipling, for comfort, for teaching, for guidance, for anything He chooses. Will you today answer His call?

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”


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