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Four Immovable Mountains - Part Two
August 2014

          Last month we discussed the importance of the two mountains every person must face at least once in his lifetime.  Depending upon the decision made while facing Mount Olivet and Mount Calvary comes the direction life's journey will take next.  Either he will be sent out into the "Wilderness of Sin" until the grace of God leads him back to this spot once again or he will go on to face the next two mountains that are immovable and un-avoidable.  The next mountain in our life's journey we must face is Mount Sinai.

            Mount Sinai or Mount Horeb’s probable location is in the southern most point of the peninsula of Sinai.  Once the Israelites left Egypt, which is symbolic of captivity or bondage, God guided them into the Wilderness of Sin, and after three (3) months of wilderness journeys they arrived at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:1).  Once there Moses went up to the top of Mount Sinai, where he received a preliminary message from Jehovah declaring His past assistance and the promise of future guidance and protection, which are based on one condition, obedience (Exodus 19:3‑6). The people were then commanded to prepare themselves for a direct message from Jehovah Himself (verse 12). The people were then brought out of the camp "to meet with God" at the base of the mountain (verse 17).  A mountain they could not come into contact with.

            Mount Sinai is the place where all God's people are brought to, once they have decided to take the road right of Calvary's center cross.  Believers are brought there for the same reason the Israelites were; to meet with God, to learn His ways, to experience His love and provision.  They were also to see the demonstration of His unlimited power, to experience His unending mercy, and be prepared for the journey ahead.

            Our modem day Mount Sinai is the Church of Jesus Christ.  No matter where our Christian brothers and sisters meet together to worship and praise the Lord, God will meet them there.  This tent of meeting (our Church) is our Mount Sinai.  This is the place we must all go to be purified, strengthened, and prepared for our wilderness journey.  The place we must not fail to attend and take full advantage of.  Remember what the Apostle Paul said about meeting one with another.  "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24‑25).

            Mount Sinai was to the Israelites a:

Place of Provision Exodus 17:6
Place of Gathering  Exodus 19:2, Deut. 4:10
Place of Revelation Exodus 19:11, 18
Place of Calling     Exodus 19:20
Place of Consecration Exodus 19:23, 33:6, 34:32
Place of the Ten (10) Commandments Exodus 20:1‑17
Place of Covenant Exodus 29:1
Place of Learning God's Will Exodus 31:18
Place of Fellowship Numbers 9:1
Place of Ordination Numbers 28:6
Place of Sending Forth Deuteronomy 1:6

            In the New Testament, we see the Church providing the same benefits and blessings.  Please notice Acts 2:42‑47: "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.  Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

            Our local Christian church is to be a:

Place of Provisionn> Acts 2:45
Place of Gathering Acts 2:44
Place of Revelation Acts 2:42
Place of Calling Acts 2:44
Place of Consecration Acts 2:46
Place of the Ten (10) Commandments Acts 2:42
Place of Covenant Acts 2:46
Place of Learning God's Will  Acts 2:42
 Place of Fellowship        Acts 2:42
 Place of Ordination  Acts 2:43
 Place of Sending Forth  Acts 2:46‑47

            Once we have received these benefits and blessings, we must go forth once again from Mount Sinai (our Church) and be lead back into the Wilderness of Sin.  This leading is for the development and growth of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22~), but most importantly to bring the good news of the Gospel to the entire world. The gospel of God must flow like rivers of living waters to the un-churched to be effective.  If we remain at Mount Sinai and never bring the Gospel from within the four walls of our church building the Gospel is rendered ineffective and we become stale and die.  Remember; God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16a).  Notice whom God loved; THE WORLD: not you alone! "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things” (Romans 10:14‑15)!

            This is why the Israelites could not stay camped at Mount Sinai.  And why God sends us back into the Wilderness of Sin as well.  You see; truly understanding God and His ways can only come by experience.  Experience comes from traveling through the Wilderness of Sin and using what we have been shown.  Walking through the harsh, barren, unrelenting, and evil wilderness leads us ever closer to God.  Growing closer to God brings us to the forth mountain; Mount Moriah.

Mount Moriah, which is also known as "the Mountain of Sacrifice," is where we must decide to freely give our lives to the Lord or not.  It is on this mountain God asks for all or nothing!

            Mount Moriah is one of the hills of Jerusalem.  It is within walking distance of the east gate. This mountain is where Solomon built the temple.  On this spot once stood the threshing floor of Oman the Jebusite (2nd Chronicles. 3:1), where King David built his altar of burnt offerings (2nd Chronicles 22:1).  The Jews believe that the altar of burnt offerings in the temple of Solomon stood upon the very site of the altar on which Abraham offered up his son Isaac.  "Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:2).  When God brings us to Mount Moriah do we freely become the sacrifice God requires?  Do we sacrifice everything for Him or not? "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).

            Mount Moriah contains within its boundaries a hill called Calvary where once again we must face Golgotha!  Golgotha is where Jesus carried His cross to His own crucifixion.  And because of the physical torment He endured for our sins, He could no longer carry the cross Himself.  The cross was then passed to another:  "Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus” (Luke 23:26).  Jesus passed the cross to Simon the Cyrenian, and in the same way the cross has now been passed to us as well.  Luke 9:23‑25 tells us; "Then He said to them all, if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and is himself destroyed or lost?”  Mount Moriah now becomes for us the same as for Christ, the place where we bring our life and crucify it in order to do only the will of the Father.  Paul put this experience like this; “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  We must not only sacrifice all we have for the love of Christ, but especially our wills!  We must be a living sacrifice for Christ.  Look at Romans 12:1-2; “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  A living sacrifice is much more difficult then a one time sacrifice.  A living sacrifice dies every moment of every day.  A one time sacrifice faces death only once.  Which would you truly prefer?  Dying every moment of every day, or dying only once?

            Can you imagine what this world would be like if the church of Jesus Christ was completely sold out in its approach to the Lordship of Christ!  The Bible is full of examples of people who were sold out completely to the Lordship of Christ, like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Job, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Elizabeth, Mary, Anna, John the Baptist, etc.  "And what more shall I say?  For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword out of weakness were made strong, became valiant m battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again.  And others were tortured not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.  Still others had trials of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword.  They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted tormented  - of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11:32‑40).  

            When we all get to heaven and the greatest (if there is a greatest) in the kingdom of heaven is revealed, it won't be to the greatest tela‑evangelist, the greatest preacher, the greatest expositor, the one who saved the most souls or did the greatest miracles.  The greatest will be a person nobody has ever heard of.  That honor will be given to the person who let Jesus completely run their life.  The man or a woman who knew how to pray and was, without question, obedient in all things whatsoever was commanded of them; like the patriarch Abraham will be called "the friend of God” (James 2:23).

                Every born again believer must face these four (4) mountains: Mount Olivet; the place where you must face your sin and decide what to do with it.  Mount Calvary; the place you look up and see the free gift of salvation, and choose whether to accept it, or reject it.  Mount Sinai, the place all Christians must go to learn of Him, so they can be prepared for the journey ahead. Finally; Mount Moriah the place where we must once again face not your sin this time, but our lives and decide to give it up and die to the Fathers will.  God will cause you to cry out as the Apostle Paul did: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  Brethren, 1 do not count myself to have apprehended' but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13‑14).

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