Sunday, July 24, 2016
Four Mountain Top Experiences
UV 2020 /10000 Four Mountain Top Experiences
And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
Jeremiah 50 v 19
This uni-verse is a prophetic word and promise of four types of blessings. Carmel is the place where the Lord gave the prophet Elijah decisive victory over the prophets of Baal. It is a promise of peace and outstanding spiritual blessings. We shall feed on these blessings and be spirit-filled and spiritually fruitful. Bashan stands for fertile land or a time of being professionally blessed and lifted up by the Lord. Ephraim is the Hebrew name given to Joseph’s second son born in Egypt. It means fruitful. It is a sign that our children and family would be fruitful. Gilead, of course refers to the Balm of Gilead and it implies that the Lord will restore healing to our bodies, minds and souls in the areas of hurt, sickness or injury.
In other words, the uni-verse promises four types of fruitfulness. Fruitfulness in the kingdom of God is a synonym for blessings and blessedness. Only the hand of the Lord can bless us. We can plan, work for it and attain it. It is unattainable except in the house of the Lord. The Lord inhabits our praises and listens to our prayers. The house of the Lord is a house of prayer and praise and thanksgiving. The Lord shall satisfy us, our bodies, minds and spirits. The Word is a cornucopia of blessings, cornucopia being a goat’s horn filled with fruit, flowers and corn to the point of overflowing. As a result , as we remain faithful to His Word and live in obedience and fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we will never be short on blessing.
If we locate these places on the map of modern Israel, they are neighbouring territories, implying that the Lord will be leading us in our life’s journey from an experience of Carmel to an experience of Bashan, from an experience of Ephraim to an experience of Gilead. The words “I will bring Israel” implies the time will come when our struggles will end and we have lasting and all round peace. It is something the Lord does consciously and wilfully does to and for one who has a responsive and believing heart. It is neither an accident nor the result of any work or effort on our part. It is a work of grace. It is not meant to feed our lusts or our pride but to impart lasting joy and to prove the Lord is faithful to His promises to all generations. Life is a pilgrimage in which we do not traverse deserts and mountains, complete an arduous journey fraught with risks and hardship but a pilgrimage of joy in which the Lord brings His peace and fruit to us for us to consume and be joyful, healthy and graceful. We do not need to climb to mountain tops. The Lord will bring the mountains to us. In another sense, every difficulty and challenge in our lives will be a source of a different type of blessing, grace and strength. He will place us on the mountain top and lift us into His kingdom from there as He lifted Jesus, the Risen Son and Saviour from the Mount of Olives.
Prateep V Philip