GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN
Joshua 14:12 “Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakim 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”
After they had taken the Promised Land, it was divided to the tribes. And the 1st to come was the tribe of Judah. And the 1st to seek to get his Possession was Caleb.
It was a possession promised him, years earlier; And now was the time to receive it.
Joshua 14:6-12 “Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb…said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-barnea.
Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.
Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said , these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day 85 years old.
As yet 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, both to go out, and to come in.
Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heard in that day how the Anankim were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, than I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.”
Here is the language of faith. Faith sees God 1st.
Joshua 14:6 (above)
“Thou knows the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee.”
He lays the stress on “Thus Saith The Lord.”
Just where it ought to be.
He could have spoken of his faithfulness.
Or bravery, standing against the many who wanted to turn back.
But instead Caleb spoke only what God said. What he wanted was that portion that the Lord had for him. And he was willing to go up against the giants in that Mountain to have it.
At 85, he was as strong as he was at 40. God had kept him alive and strong thru the wilderness wanderings ; and the war which took the land.
Now, he was to go and personally, with his family, take their possession….and he was ready for it. Faith sees God 1st. And what God HAD GIVEN him , was his. All he had to do was go and get it.
The Anankim were giants, there cities were “great and fenced”. Fortresses.
But all Caleb had to do was what he was told about them, and he knew God COULD NOT , NOR, WOULD NOT FAIL HIM.
Caleb’s testimony was (Joshua 14:7) “…and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.”
This also is the language of faith.
A heart that wants God’s Will, will follow on in faith to have it.
Caleb had entered the Promise Land, quite sure that it was all that God said it was.
And it was!!
Everyone agreed that it was; but the problem?
The price to pay for it.
Faith sees God 1st. And when faith is not active…then something else is in the line of vision where God should be.
Numbers 13:27-28″And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sent us, AND SURELY IT FLOWS WITH MILD AND HONEY; and this the fruit of it
NEVERTHELESS THE PEOPLE BE STRONG THAT DWELL IN THE LAND, AND THE CITIES ARE WALLED, AND VERY GREAT: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.”
Numbers 13:30 ” And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, LET US GO UP AT ONCE, AND POSSESS IT; FOR WE ARE WELL ABLE TO OVERCOME IT.”
How could they overcome? Only by God’s power….but Caleb, by faith,saw that power on their side.
And God is well Able. He blesses faith most…tho He often “takes care of” all His children…it is faith, He honors.
So, when Caleb steps out on faith and says “Let’s do what God wants, and go up at once. He has brought us here against superior odds. He has fed us, clothed us, kept us from wild animals, and people….Let us honor His Word and His Might and go in.”
God honored Caleb.
God promised him that he would “go in” and have his promised land.
And now, old, but full of the strength of faith he always had, Caleb comes to get his possession.
“I am as strong this day , as I was in the day Moses sent me.”
And Caleb took his land, from the giants, and dwelt there.
God loves to bless faith, our faith.
And faith is active…belief in the heart, and obedience in the life.
GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN…was our title, and we ask you:
What has God promised you?
Have you traveled the Way He has lead, to gain it?
Do you also believe that , despite the difficulties, “WE ARE WELL ABLE TO OVERCOME” ?
Faith sees God 1st….that is in promise and in obedience.
The Lord Jesus said when He was here:
Matthew 9:28-29 “And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus said unto them, BELIEVE YE THAT I AM ABLE TO DO THIS? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Then touched he their eyes, saying, ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH BE IT UNTO YOU.”
Often the Lord deals with us in this way…according to our faith.
He blesses most, those who trust Him.