The View From The Mountaintop
(This nugget will be very different from all the others. In this nugget there will be quite a bit of liberality taken with the scriptures as to literalness. It is my intent to bring out points that may cause you to reflect on what these men suffered for their prize and provoke meditation on these scriptures.)
Deuteronomy 34:1-5 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, 2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 3 And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
In the above verses we are presented with a brief account of Moses last moments before his death on a peak called Pisgah on the mountain of Nebo. What a sad account it is as God says to this renowned prophet of God; "you can look but you can't touch". The thoughts that must have raced through Moses mind as he looks out across the panoramic landscape.
"What do you see Moses?" "Well LORD, I see a land that I have waited 40 yrs to enter and walked hundreds of miles to get to and now you tell me I can look but I can't go over." "LORD, this breaks my heart."
Imagine if you will the thoughts and feelings of Moses as he scans the verdant land all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Up to the mountains of Syria in the land of Dan down to the Egyptian border. A land flowing with milk and honey. His eyes gaze across soon to be built villages and later cities. His eyes gaze across Judah and the hills that will become Jerusalem. Without knowing it he will take in a view that will include Calvary and the Temple mount. Disappointment fills his heart while tears fill his eyes.
Moses is faced with the awful pronouncement of God's righteous judgment for a sin committed. Instead of Moses triumphant entry into Canaan at the head of the army of Israel he will be placed in an unmarked grave in a valley in the land of Moab.
While Moses did not get to enter the physical land of Israel at this time we know that God used Moses later as he appeared with Elijah on another mountain in the land of Israel(Matt. 17:1-3). It is also my firm belief that it will be Moses with Elijah as one ot the two witnesses in Rev. 11:3-12.
Another mountain and another time.
Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
"Well, Son of God; what do you see?"
"Well Satan; I see all the kingdoms of God's creation."
"You are a king are you not? You don't have a kingdom, and yet I own all these!" "If you will just bow before me I will give them to you". "All this can be yours NOW!"
"I can wait." "You may be the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and have control for the moment but my Father owns it all. I can wait."
"Look again, you might change your mind." "What do you see?"
"I see Jerusalem and a hill just outside the gate. It's shaped like a skull." "I can wait."
One more mountain and yet another time.
Revelation 21:9-11 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
"John; what do you see?" "Oh, most holy angel I see HOME!"
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
While we think on these three very different accounts each has a common thread. They deal with a look and a longing for a final home. Moses had labored so long yet he must wait a few more millennia before he can arrive.
Jesus, as a mortal man, looked across space and time to the land of his Kingdom to a future home where he would rule and reign for a thousand years with His redeemed (Rev. 20:1-6). Standing between Him and that fulfillment of a kingdom stood a hill called Calvary, the place of the skull (John 19:17). He knew what lay ahead but He also knew that He would rather wait and suffer rather than to bow before this evil being. He also could see the souls that would be redeemed by His suffering. John looks through spiritual eyes from a great high mountain and sees the culmination of all God's promises. He can truthfully say "I SEE HOME". Three mountains and three homes. The land of Israel, the earthly Kingdom and the New Jerusalem. None of the three could realize their dreams at the moment. Each must wait but it would be worth it all.
Friend, is it worth the wait and journey to you? Look what Moses suffered through 40 years. Look what Jesus suffered at the hands of the Jews. Look what John suffered on the Isle of Patmos. Are you willing to undergo the trials and possible suffering for the prize that awaits those who endure?
These three were.
This Bible nugget is presented and authored by Brother Dwight .