February 12, 2017

Those Pleasant Mountains – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“Then I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying: “O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon.’’” (Deuteronomy 3:23-25)

Have you ever pled with the Lord, again and again, when He again and again said, “No?” Moses knew all about that. We can understand his pleading. He wanted to see the beautiful, fruitful land chosen by God for his chosen people. It had been his goal for forty years.

Paul wanted to see Rome (Acts 19:21). Perhaps there, is a special sight you would like to see; Paris, Jerusalem, the garden tomb, etc. But this hardly compares with Moses’ longing, nor would our inability be as disappointing as his.

Moses knew the problem. It was his own disobedience at Meribah. God said: you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them(Numbers 20:12). Yet, he desired greatly to “cross over” the Jordan to see firsthand “those

pleasant mountains.’’ But, he was Moses, God’s own chosen leader. Surely God understood, and would make an exception. God answered. He said, “No.’ I am confident that Moses repented and was forgiven, but there were consequences to pay, perhaps as much for our admonition as his. Do you see a lesson here?

Moses saw “those pleasant mountains,” but God would not allow him to enter the land, even though…

the LORD showed him all the land … Then the LORD said to him, ‘This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, … I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.’” (Deuteronomy 34:1-4)

But…God knows how to teach a powerful lesson and still be gracious and generous in marvelous ways that surpass our imagination. Moses ultimately did, not only see, but stood on Mount Hermon!

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (Matthew 17:1-3)

On that pleasant mountain we call the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses stood, with Elijah, speaking with Jesus of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:31).

God finally answered his prayer with a resounding, “Yes!” Moses recalled God’s dramatic demonstration of power in Egypt as he pled with God for one more display; You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?” (Quoted above from Deuteronomy 3:24)

Not only did God amazingly answer Moses’ prayer in the affirmative, now, Moses could see ultimate greatness of God’s mighty hand as Christ prepared to die for his salvation and ours.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris



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