Friday, July 10, 2009

Not Just Literal Mountains

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ... ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 21:21

" Removing mountains" was among the Jews a common hyperbole for the conquest of stupendous difficulties. A great teacher was called by the Rabbis goker hartm, or uprooter of mountains.

1 comment:

  1. That makes sense because moving mountains to me always seemed irrelevant to my life. But when you think of faith as helping you overcome something that is like a mountain for you, it seems far more applicable. And might I add that since faith without works is dead, God is fine with us going at that mountain with a shovel and wheelbarrow. And as long as we are making progress he is pleased with us. Indeed I think that faith is more often the motivator to get us to pick up our shovel, because God does not seem to be in the habit of just taking away everyone's problems without personal effort on their part.