i heard these words during the worship service and was immediately reminded of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of Daniel chapter 2. Daniel first told the king the dream because Nebuchadnezzar either forgot most of the details, as we tend to do with dreams, or tested to ensure the interpretation was from God. either way, the dream troubled him. verse 34 and 35 state, “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (KJV, Tyndale 1987).
Daniel continued with the interpretation of the king’s statue. he finished with, “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Daniel 2:44-45).
in the past, i have referenced this great mountain in this blog. “we could draw a parallel from Daniel 2 as he saw a stone that was cut without hands (Jesus’ subtle beginnings) destroy the image of governments (overcoming through His death, burial, and resurrection) and become a great mountain, filling the whole earth (the church/Kingdom of God)” (a shhh and a stone (part 2), https://www.eggsandjesus.com/2021/11/04/stone/, November 4, 2021). due to this reference, to easily recall this Biblical event and apply the metaphor. the stone that became a great mountain and filled the whole earth is Christianity. Jesus set up His Kingdom for dominion over all other kingdoms, and it will stand forever! i have also mentioned Christ’s ultimate victory over this realm “the letter also references Revelation 11:15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” again, referring to Ellicott’s Commentary, the “kingdoms of this world” are a direct reference to the temptation of Christ in Matthew chapter 4. satan was willing to surrender the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would bow to him. Revelation 11:15 decrees the final victory over satan, stripped of his domains and the absolute sovereignty of the Lord” (the witness, https://www.eggsandjesus.com/2022/02/17/the-witness/, February 17, 2022).
these images, thoughts, and recollections take place within seconds. the mere mention of the great mountain begins a chain reaction that fires the neurons of my spiritual being; should it contain such devices. the unexpected portion of the scriptures that transcended my intellect at this moment is in Matthew 17. a father brings his son to Jesus to cure him from being possessed by a devil; Jesus completes this task with ease. the disciples ask why they were unable to accomplish the exorcism, to which Jesus replies, “Because of your unbelief” (Matthew 17:20a). Jesus continues in verse 20, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” this verse attests to the small amount of faith required to overcome considerable difficulties. on this particular day, it had new meaning to me. through faith, we speak, and the mountain begins to move. God has always created and performed the miraculous through the spoken word. this great mountain of Christianity cannot move until we speak in faith!
Paul also writes to the church at Corinth about the mountain. “Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” (1Corinthians 13:2b). the Greek word used for charity is ἀγάπην and translated as love (Strong’s 26). it is hard for me to comprehend having such great faith and not having or showing love. we must continue this movement in love! when studying these scriptures, it reads there is a possibility to accomplish the impossible with a small amount of faith. without the proper compassion and attitude, you are left lonely and empty. the Pulpit Commentary states, “Were such a measure rendered necessary for the cause of religion, it would be performable at the call of one whose whole trust was centred on God, and whose will was one with God’s will.” God’s will is “that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). when our will is one with God’s will, nothing is impossible. we speak it with faith and love, and this great mountain moves in the lives of those around us; it fills the whole earth until the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord!
in conclusion, i believe that God will use who He may to accomplish His perfect will in His perfect timing. why would we testify begrudgingly before those that seek a genuine experience with the King? each of us is given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3) to be used in conjunction with compassion and mercy, as through the eyes of Christ. i want what God wants. in Matthew chapter 25, we read of the virgins, talents, and the least of these. the old saying “you will catch more flies with honey” applies. some are not seeking, but when they SEE it in you, they want what you have! those that sow, reap. those that sow with love fill the whole earth. those who speak with faith and love will enter into the joy of the Lord!