Casting a mountain into the sea are we? This is what our Master taught us.
Mark 11:23 I assure you that you can say to this mountain, 'May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,' and your command will be obeyed. All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. NLT
The picture above is taken from the Olive Mountain looking at Zion Mountain. The Islamic dome one sees is where the Temple would have been seen.
What is it our Master is teaching us here? The verses just before this are dealing with the 'drying up' of the fig tree and are a part of the same conversation Master YahShua is having with his men. The fig tree represents the empty promises of what religion had become. The fig tree produces figs before it produces leaves so by the time leaves are present one would expect a great number of figs to be present...but not this fig tree!
Religion in Israel had been around a long time and had time for many leaves to flourish on its branches. One would expect great fruit because of all the nurture and care God had provided. There were so many promises of help, hope, and healing...many leaves...no fruit.
Master YahShua was disturbed, dried up the leaves to show the tree's emptiness then turns toward the Temple Mount...Mount Zion...for our lesson. The Mount of Olives from which Master YahShua was speaking is just across the Kidron valley from the Temple Mound...a simple few hundred yards. Master YahShua turns from the dead fig and faces the Temple Mound...Zion...and makes his bold, prophetic promise..."You have the power to throw this mountain into the sea if you only believe!" What is the meaning of this one might ask? I am glad you asked for by grace allow me to share...
Mount Zion represents the presence of God with the Temple being the startling presence over Jerusalem seen from all directions...seen from Olive Mountain. Master YahShua points to the Zion Mountain and says we may cast it into the sea, we may cast the presence of God into the sea! What may the 'Sea' represent we ask?
The 'Sea' represents humanity in general...the sea of humanity...
Rev 15:2 "I saw before me what seemed to be a crystal sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the beast and his statue and the number representing his name."
Master YahShua tells His church that if we would we could take the presence of God (Zion Mountain) and cast it into the sea of humanity. It is what we have been instructed to do. It is what we have been saved to do. It is what we have been chosen to do. It is what we have been empowered to do.
Are there risks? There are always risks when one casts out to sea.
As someone has said, "Nothing ventured...nothing gained!"
Join with those with hungry hearts...get outside of the neat, comfortable, safe, familiar little world where you live and weigh anchor! Raise the sails into the winds of the Spirit! Head for the deep waters...wind blowing in your face! Feel the salt spray pelt your tender face! Laugh in the face of fear! Learn to breath again...live again...dare again!
Cast that Mountain into the Sea!!!
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