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Mount Transition

November 2

“The LORD our GOD spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:"  Deuteronomy 1:6

"... truth be known, the pool of their Bethesda has not been troubled for years."


To tarry or not to tarry ... may be the question; but the answer is really not all that complicated, simply go when HE says go, and stay when HE says stay.  "... and I say unto one, go, and he goeth; and to another, come, and he cometh; and to my servant, do this, and he doeth it."  Do we not extend this least of courtesies to the earthly authorities within the sphere of our mount?  Are we mercenary in our allegiances, and guilty of presuming on the grace of GOD, under the clear traffic signal of HIS Word?  Where has the LORD given the green light to you, and yet you sit broke down in the intersection, stacking things up in all directions?  

"There are eleven days' journey from Horeb ... And it came to pass in the fortieth year"  What should have taken a few days, eleven to be exact, to accomplish for GOD, ended up taking a lifetime, literally ... does this ring home?  What makes up your mount?  The mount is your zone of comfort; it is where you live, and move, and have your being in the practical realm.  It is hyper familiar to you, and where you have put down your roots.  You can find your way around the mount in the day and in the dark; you know it like the back of your hand.  As pilgrims and spiritual sojourners however, 'Familiarity Breeds Contempt' ... must be the board which hangs over our door.  Many a believer boasts of the duration of their stay in this place or that; but the truth be known, the pool of their Bethesda has not been troubled for years.  Mount Sinai, for the Jew, perhaps would have been best regarded as: Mount Transition; or carry on for CHRIST! ... but they would not, and instead, dug their spiritual heels in, and drug their spiritual feet until it costs an entire generation their lives.     

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 
The transience we find among GOD'S people, throughout both Testaments was by design. 
"What advantage then hath the Jew? ... Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of GOD."  And be reminded, that were it not for the obedience of these faithful pioneers, the caves in our mount would still be lined with the hieroglyphics of hopelessness. 

"Ye have compassed this mountain long enough ..."

For Love of Country
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
(U. S. Statesman)
"Here is my Creed.  I believe in one GOD, the CREATOR of the Universe.  That HE governs it by HIS Providence.  That HE ought to be worshipped."

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