For a clearer understanding read 1 Kings 19, Exodus 19, 20 & 33 and 2 Chronicles 4.
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah has fled Jezebel and, “went a day’s journey into the wilderness,” (1 Kings 19:4). He is exhausted and spiritually tired of running from King Ahab and Ahab’s nefarious wife, Jezebel. In fact, after crashing under a juniper tree he asks the LORD to take his life because he is, “[no] better than [his] fathers,” (1 Kings 19:4). So, Elijah laying down begins to sleep under the juniper tree and is soon awakened by an angel. The angel then beckons Elijah to eat because he must go a long journey. For the angel had provided food in the wilderness. After eating, the Bible says that Elijah, “went in the strength of that meat (“a cake baked on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head” 1 Kings 19:6) forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God” (1 Kings 19:8).
He soon finds himself in a cave and the LORD begins questioning Elijah saying, “‘What doest thou here, Elijah?'” Elijah answers complaining that he is the only one left of the children of Israel that is faithful to God. God then sends Elijah to, “stand upon the mount before the LORD” (1 Kings 19:11). And the LORD passes by, “and a great strong wind rent [tore in many pieces] the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11, 12). The LORD was in the “still small voice”.
Now, the moment I read that Elijah journeyed forty days in the wilderness the Holy Spirit brought to my mind Moses and Jesus, who both fasted forty days and forty nights and was on a mountain. In fact, Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights and met God on Mount Sinai which is the same mountain Elijah went on because Mount Horeb is just another name for Mount Sinai. For on Mount Horeb Moses received the Ten Commandments, (Exodus 19, 20), and saw the glory of the LORD, as Jesus came down and showed Moses his “back parts” (Exodus 33:18:23), for God the Father never leaves the throne. In fact, Jesus says, “‘I will proclaim the name of the LORD before [Moses]” (Exodus 33:19). That is evidence that Jesus is the One who appeared unto Moses. (See Hebrews 1:1-4 for further proof).
Thus, Moses heard God the Father speak the Ten Commandments to him, (Exodus 20:1). Moses saw Jesus as he was shown the glory of God (Exodus 33:18-23). Elijah heard the Holy Spirit speak to him in a still small voice. So, by the time Jesus was, “led up of the Spirit into the wilderness…”(Matthew 4:1) and had fasted forty days and forty nights and, “the devil took Him up into an exceeding high mountain…” (Matthew 4:8), we are able to see the God-head, Three in One, and visualize the great controversy that would come as the devil would tempt God’s people.
Thus, let us remember that God is Three in One, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, (1 John 5:7). And let us keep in mind that the devil will tempt us, even while on the mountain top–but always remember that God is there.
-Holy Spirit Inspired!
Please stayed tuned for Part 2 of “Go to the Mountain Top”. There we will examine the connection between this Bible Study and God’s immutable Ten Commandments.