I Want That Mountain! (10 of 13) by Steve Wagers

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I Want That Mountain! (10 of 13)
A Closer Look at the Book: JOSHUA
Steve Wagers
Joshua 14:6-15
November 29. 2006

Sermon Outline
1. Caleb's FIRST Years!
A) Popular Consensus
B) Personal Conviction
2. Caleb's FINEST Years!
A) His Strong Desire
1) The Work before Him
2) The Witness beside Him
3) The Word within Him
B) His Steadfast Devotion
3. Caleb's FINAL Years!
A) The Present Inheritance of His Land
B) The Future Impact of His Life

I love the story of Eric Liddell, the Scottish missionary that served in China. With the declaration of war between Japan and Britain during WWII, many of the missionaries left the country for their safety. However, there were certain missionaries that stayed in China, Eric Liddell being one of them. Eventually all foreign missionaries in China were gathered and interned in a Japanese camp where Eric Liddell would die from a brain tumor February 21, 1945.

The name Eric Liddell became familiar to many thanks to the movie Chariots of Fire, which highlighted his refusal to compete in the 100-meters race of the 1924 Olympics that were held in Paris. He refused to run because the event was held on Sunday. Though it was thought that his best chance for gold was in the 100-meters, Liddell, in spite of much criticism, refused to run in the event. Instead, he ran in the 400-meters race, which many thought he had very little chance of winning.

However, he won the race, winning a gold-medal, and broke the world record in the process. Just before he ran the 400-meter race, one of the men who assisted Eric's trainer slipped him a note that read, "In the old book it says, 'He that honors me, I will honor.' Wishing you the best of success always."

In our last study we covered chapters 11-19 dealing with the final conquest and claiming of the land God had promised to His people, the land of Canaan. They finally enter the land and each tribe receives their "lot," or portion of the land.

However, I believe it would be an injustice not to take the time to focus on a character study found in Joshua 14 about a man by the name of Caleb. Caleb, like Eric Liddell, honored the Lord and the Lord honored him. From the beginning of his life to the end, Caleb is a man who life is marked by faithfulness to God, fearfulness of God and fruitfulness for God.

In verse 12 we hear his immortal statement, "Give me this mountain." I believe it was from that statement that the songwriter received the inspiration to write the words:

I want that mountain,
I want that mountain;
Where the milk and honey flow,
Where the grapes of Eschol grow.
I want that mountain,
I want that mountain;
The mountain that the Lord hath given me.

Let's consider the life of Caleb by breaking it down into 3 specific stages beginning with:

1. Caleb's FIRST Years!

We do not know and are not told much about Caleb. In fact, he is mentioned only about 8 times in the Bible, 3 of which are in the book of Joshua. Howe ...


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