As we continued our series, “Expecting a Miracle,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church, I preached a message entitled “When You Face a Mountain.” The message drew on various texts from Exodus 1-6, built around the metaphor of journeying up the mountains of opposition.
My central theme was that with God our mountains of opposition open into ways of life. Sometimes, God needs to do something in us that will open life in us. When the time is right, God will open a way of life before us in the face of opposition. I connected the metaphor of the mountain through Abraham going up to Mount Moriah, Moses going up to Mount Sinai, and Jesus going up to Jerusalem.
Mountains of Opposition
- Empire (Exodus 1:8-22)
- Human opponents (Exodus 5:2-18)
- Our own people (Exodus 4:29-31; 5:19-21; 6:9)
- Ourselves (Exodus 6:10, 30)
The Mountain and God
- Abraham and the Mountain of Sacrifice (Genesis 22)
- Moses and the Mountain of the Message (Exodus 19)
- Isaiah and the Mountain of Glory (Isaiah 2:1-5)
The Mountain of Jesus Messiah
- Jesus and the Mountain of the Message (Matthew 5-7)
- Jesus and the Mountain of the Sacrifice (Matthew 26-27)
- Jesus and the Mountain of Glory (Matthew 28:18-20)