Another older post and one that the Lord gave me. By the time this is posted, a few newer posts should be done. Thank you for your continuing encouragement and support.
Last week, I wrote about Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, from this text Genesis 22:14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.
I’ve read that passage so many times, but reading it again, I found something curious ( it’s always been there, but my eyes and heart were opened this time). Right after Abraham finds the ram caught by its horns and calls God, The Lord who Provides, the very next line, mentions On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. That verse stayed with me and a couple of nights later, I felt the Spirit showing me some things that were provided by God on the mountain, in several places in the Bible. I can honestly tell you, that it wasn’t my insight, it wasn’t my intelligence, or my studies. It was definitely something that The Spirit showed me, otherwise I wouldn’t have known about it.
For example, Moses received the 10 commandments on a mountain. He and his brother Aaron died on a mountain too. Joshua asked the tribes on stand on 2 facing mountains and proclaim blessings and curses on the nation of Israel. Hebron, a hilly country was given to Caleb and his family. Elijah “saw” God’s appearance as a still , small voice while he was hiding in a cleft in a mountain. The temple of God and the city of Jerusalem itself were on top of a mountain ( Jerusalem is still an uphill kind of city). Jesus was transfigured on top of a mountain. He fed the 5000 and maybe 7000 too, on top of a mountain. He spoke the beatitudes from the top of a mountain. Jesus spent the night before His death, on the mount of Olives ( the garden of Gethsamane is at the foot of it) He was crucified on a hill, and ascended from a mountain and will come back again to one.
So, I wanted to do a comprehensive study of mountains in the Bible, and tell you about it. I hope you can share your mountain-top experience with me. What God showed you, when He came through for you, how it changed you and who you are now because of those experiences. That way we can join together as the body of Christ and give Him the glory He deserves.
While studying about the significance of mountains in the Bible, several things come to mind. In one article, they mention that mountains/ hills/ hilly cities/ mountainous regions are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. I’m taking their word for it :-). Thinking of mountains and hills in a geographical sense, they’re higher than the surrounding land, and so strategically they were the best places to set up capitals of kingdoms, easier to fortify, easier to defend and generally un-takeable by the enemy. In a spiritual sense, it seemed that being on the top of a mountain was being closer to God. On top of mountains, several things that were important to the people of God took place. Conversely, the people, when they decided to do what was right in their own eyes, took to worshipping false gods on the mountains ( In several places in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, when the king followed after God, it is mentioned that he destroyed the altars in the high places).
So starting at the beginning,
- God promised the Israelites that when they were free, they would worship on the mountain of God. Exodus 3:1-12
- Aaron is asked to meet Moses at the “mountain of God” ( most likely Mount Sinai/ Horeb) Exodus 4:27
- Moses , giving thanks, says that God will plant them on the “mountain” of His inheritance. Exodus 15:17
- Moses goes up to the “mountain” to speak to God several times, Exodus 19:3, Exodus 19:20, Exodus 19:23, Exodus 24:4, Exodus 24:12, Exodus 24:16, Deuteronomy 5:4, Deuteronomy 5:5, Deuteronomy 10:1
- The mountain, to the Israelites, looked covered with fire or with clouds , when God came down on it. Exodus 19:18, Exodus 24:17
- God gave the Israelites, the commandments from Mt Sinai Deuteronomy 5:22, Deuteronomy 9:9, Deuteronomy 9:10, Deuteronomy 10:4, Deuteronomy 10:10,
- Aaron died on Mount Hor Numbers 20:22-29;21:4;33:38,39;34:7,8; Deuteronomy 32:50) and Moses on Mount Nebo ( He was buried by God in the valley, nobody knows where) Deuteronomy 34:1-8 .
- Joshua was asked to see the promised land from the mountain in the Abarim Range. Numbers 27:12
- Moses and Joshua , on God’s command, asked the Israelites to pronounce blessings and curses , respectively , from facing mountains. Deuteronomy 11:29;27:12,13; Joshua 8:33)
- Judges 5:5 The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.
- Elijah met God on the mountain, He wasn’t there in the fire or the earthquake or the wind but as a still, small voice. 1 Kings 19:11
- Elijah defeated the prophets of baal in a miraculous display of God’s power and sovereignity on Mt Carmel. 1 Kings 18:15-40 ).
- Elisha’s apprentices asked to go look for Elijah on a mountain or elsewhere after Elijah was taken away by God. 2 Kings 2:16
- Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened so he could see the armies of God, 2 Kings 6:17
- The Shunamite woman who built a house for Elisha, and received a promised son, when he died, went to meet the prophet at the mountain. 2 Kings 4:27
In the psalms, mountains usually appear in a prayer to God or praise.
- Psalm 3:4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
- Psalm 15:1 [ Psalm 15 ] [ A psalm of David. ] Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?
- Psalm 24:3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
- Psalm 30:7 Lord, when you favoured me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
- Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
- Psalm 48:1 [ Psalm 48 ] [ A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. ] Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
- Psalm 68:16 why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the Lord himself will dwell for ever?
- Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
- Psalm 99:9 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.
- Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and for evermore.
In the prophets.
- Isaiah 2:1 [ The mountain of the Lord ] This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
- Isaiah 2:2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
- Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
- Isaiah 11:9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
- Isaiah 25:6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.
- Isaiah 25:10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled in their land as straw is trampled down in the manure.
- Isaiah 27:13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
- Isaiah 30:29 And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
- Isaiah 44:23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.
- Isaiah 49:13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
- Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
- Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,’ says the Lord.
- Isaiah 66:20 And they will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord – on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,’ says the Lord. ‘They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels.
- Jeremiah 3:23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
- Jeremiah 31:23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: “The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.”
- Jeremiah 46:18 ‘As surely as I live,’ declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty, ‘one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea.
- Ezekiel 11:23 The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.
- Ezekiel 17:22 ‘“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
- Ezekiel 20:40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices
- Ezekiel 36:1 [ Hope for the mountains of Israel ] ‘Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, “Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.
- Joel 3:18 ‘In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.
- Amos 4:13 He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the Lord God Almighty is his name.
- Amos 9:13 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.
- Obadiah 1:21 Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.
- Jonah 2:6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in for ever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
- Micah 4:1 [ The mountain of the Lord ] In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
- Micah 4:2 Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
- Zechariah 8:3 This is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.’
- CARMEL A fertile and picturesque mountain in Palestine mentioned several times in the Bible (Song of Solomon 7:5; Isaiah 33:9;35:2; Jeremiah 46:18;50:19; Amos 1:2)
GILEAD A mountain (Judges 7:3; Song of Solomon 4:1;6:5)
JERUSALEM, the city on a hill is called THE THRONE OF THE LORD (Jeremiah 3:17)
JERUSALEM is called a HOLY MOUNTAIN (Daniel 9:16,20)
JERUSALEM , like I mentioned, is situated on a hill, in one of the two mentions of “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,” Jerusalem is called Righteous (Jeremiah 33:16)
LEBANON another mountain range is mentioned often in the Bible.
In the New Testament.
- In Matthew, Jesus is tempted on a mountain. Matthew 4:8
- He gives the sermon on the mount ( the beatitudes) Matthew 5:1
- A number of healings take place on a mountain Matthew 15:29
- The transfiguration of Jesus, when Moses and Elijah come to strengthen Him, they who met Him themselves on mountains, is symbolic of Jesus fulfilling the Law and Prophets. Matthew 17:1-8
- Jesus’ final message Matthew 24:1
- Jesus’ sending out the apostles to the rest of the world Matthew 28:16
- In the gospels , Jesus appoints the twelve disciples on a mountain. Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-19
- In Mark , Mark 5:11 , Jesus heals a demon possessed man.
- In Luke, Luke 6:12 , Jesus goes up a mountain to pray.
- Jesus feeds the 5000 ( and presumably the 7000 later ) on mountain/ hilly region.
- Jesus watched the disciples on the Sea of Galilee, just before the storm hit, and before He goes to them , walking on the water, from the mountain.
- Jesus instituting the Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20.
- Jesus, spends His last night , praying in the Garden of Gethsammane ( which is at the foot of Mt Olives).
- Jesus dies on a hill called Calvary/ Golgotta. He gave His life, as a ransom for many. The Ultimate Provision, so that we can stand before the Presence of a Holy God.
- Jesus appears to more than 500 people at a time after His resurrection. Matthew 28:16-20
- Jesus ascends from a mountain . Matthew 28:16
Mountain-top experiences are good. That’s where we meet God, personally, where we believe and know who He is. That’s where He provides for us, what we need, when we need. It also helps us, strengthens us for when we go through the valleys. In the valleys, God becomes real, because there is no one else is to depend on. On the mountains, we are encouraged and fulfilled.
Some of my mountain-top experiences have been
- This post, the inspiration and the content, came straight from God.
- Being woken up in the night, to pray specifically for a friend, and to find out a few days later, that it was her need.
- Being given advice on how to deal with my daughter, during a phase that was difficult for both of us, that paid huge dividends, to a point now, that she and I get along well.
- Praying to understand my husband’s heart, and being shown exactly how to encourage him.
- Reading a portion of scripture, and being able to link it with several other passages, or understand something that had bothered me.
- In our early years of my marriage, I mentioned to my husband , that I couldn’t understand why Judah was chosen to be the line of kings, when Joseph had been faithful, and he told me, it was because Judah chose to sacrifice himself for Benjamin ( Substitution, like Christ who was from the line of Judah, would do for us on the cross).
- Studying the names of God, and being given a new understanding of who He is.
- Being disciplined by Christ, for being ungrateful for what I had and for where I lived, and then through repentance, coming to see that my family and I are in A place of abundance instead.
May I ask you to share your story, your song, your mountain-top experience with us? Where did God meet you? What did you learn through it?
God on the mountain by Lynda Randle.