IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC:- GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“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.”
Summary: Only 2 men in a generation achieved greatness before God: Joshua and Caleb. Caleb, when 85, was just as strong as at 40. He was ready to subdue giants. Why? Because he was a spiritual giant!
Because he knew the word of God!
The Christian life is one of peaks and valleys. In order for us to experience peaks of life, we oftentimes must learn to go through life’s valleys (e.g., low on cash, deferred dreams, and disappointments). Though we all go through these valleys, we don’t have to stay there. We must remember that we are just passing through to get to the mountain on the other side. If you are here today, and perhaps stuck in the valley, rejoice because you are due for a mountain-top experience; it is on your horizon.
GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN!
Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.”
— Joshua 14:6–13 NKJV
THE MOUNT HEBRON APPEAL
Mt. Hebron stood 3,040 feet above sea level. It overlooks a fertile valley having an unusual supply of wells and springs.
(2) He couldn’t forget the image of the huge cluster of grapes he saw 45 years ago. In fact, two men used a pole to carry a cluster back to camp. Their hope was to captivate the Israelites with what awaits them in the Promised Land (Num. 13:23).
He was captivated by what he learned.
(1) Hebron was the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah.
(2) Hebron was named by Joshua as one of the Cities of Refuge-a place where you can run to for safety when something happen that was not easily explainable such as an accidental murder, etc.
B) Don’t ignore what your soul craves when it aligns with God’s promises. Let God’s promises captivate you!
As Caleb speaks to Joshua, God’s appointed leader over Israel, he says, “God has kept me alive these forty and five years. Forty years wandering in the wilderness and five years for the conquest of Canaan, and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.” Eighty-five years of age. “And I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, for peace, to build, to go out, to come in” [Joshua 14:10-11].
That is a remarkable thing and I would suppose God’s greatest gift to a man, that in his last days he have strength to serve the Lord God.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER!
Galileo, the incomparable scientist, discovered the libration of the moon at seventy-five. The great philosopher, Kant, wrote several of his greatest works at seventy-four. Verdi, the opera composer, wrote “Falstaff” when he was eighty. Oliver Wendell Holmes, the son of the great author, Oliver Wendell Holmes was an alert vigorous Supreme Court judge at ninety-two. Emerson wrote some of his finest essays after he was seventy-five. Tennyson wrote the beautiful “Crossing the Bar” at eighty-three. Titian, one of the most incomparable painters of all time, Titian painted one of his greatest pictures, the historical picture of the “Battle [of] Lepanto,” at ninety-eight. And Gladstone, England’s greatest statesman, for the fourth time was elected prime minister of England after a hard fought campaign when he was eighty-three years of age.
These things emphasize what Caleb said as he stood in the presence of Joshua. “I am now this day eighty and five years of age, but as I was strong when we came first to this land at Kadesh Barnea, so is my strength today” [Joshua 14:10-11].
Second: when Caleb speaks to Joshua, he reviews the years of God’s mercy that preserved him and kept him. He is introduced to us as a Kenezite, a Kenezite, that is Caleb was not an Israelite [Joshua 14:6]. He was not a Hebrew. By blood he did not belong to the chosen family of God. But somewhere in the years of his forefathers, his ancestors renounced their godless idols and embraced the true religion of Moses. And the family became identified with the tribe of Judah.
But he was a Kenezite, he was a Canaanite, he was a wonderful convert.
CALEB KNEW ABOUT HIS INHERITANCE, DO YOU?
“You know the word which the LORD said” — Caleb knew God’s Word. Many children of God don’t know God’s Word. They know what preachers say. But they don’t know what God says. Get familiar with the Word of God!
“concerning you and me” — Caleb knew what God’s Word said about him. Today, we read the Bible to see Jesus, but also to see what God specifically says about us. What does He say about our inheritance?
Our inheritance in Christ:
Ephesians 1:3–14 shows us what God says about us. It shows us the magnitude of our inheritance.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
— Ephesians 1:3–14 NKJV
“blessed us with every spiritual blessing” — Continue reading these verses to see all the spiritual blessings God has given us.
“without blame before Him in love” — Because you are in Christ, God sees you without blame. Not only does He see you without blame, but He sees you in love. God is in love with you!
“accepted in the Beloved” — The Word “accepted” is the Greek word “charitoo,” which means “highly favored.” It is the same word to describe Mary whom God chose to be the mother of Jesus (see Luke 1:28). That same level of favor is yours. And notice that this phrase in Ephesians 1:6 does not say “highly favored IN CHRIST.” It says “highly favored IN THE BELOVED.” God wants you to feel loved when you think about your inheritance. He wants you to feel warm.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” — The word “have” is the Greek word “echo,” and it is in the present active tense. It means to actively hold on to the fact that we have redemption through His blood and forgiveness of sins.
“according to the riches of His grace” — You are forgiven ACCORDING to the riches of God’s grace—not OUT OF the riches of His grace. This means that the vast extent of God’s grace is the vast extent of how forgiven you are!
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