Who are Thou, O Great Mountain?

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: And he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it  (Zechariah 4:7, KJV)

Scripture often metaphorically uses the term “mountain” to represent power, God’s people, or life’s challenges. In Zechariah 4:7, the Lord addresses Zerubbabel’s challenges, providing insight into how we might confront our mountains.

Zerubbabel was the Governor of Judah after the Jews’ return from Babylonian exile. Tasked with rebuilding the Temple, he faced significant challenges and opposition. This daunting situation was Zerubbabel’s “mountain.” Prophetically, Zechariah confronted this obstacle, asking, “Who art thou, o great mountain?”

God’s directive was clear: the mountain would become a plain. But how? The answer is given in the preceding verse,

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, Saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6, KJV)

The Holy Spirit, we learn, is the power that surmounts such challenges. He is the One who removes the mountains of problems in life. Jesus, in the New Testament, further clarifies how the Spirit works within us to remove these mountains,

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Mark 11:23, KJV)

The message of the scripture is clear: the Holy Spirit removes mountains when we believe the Word and speak to the obstacles before us. So here are the two powerful spiritual tools the Lord has given us to invite the Spirit to make mountains plains before us: faith and prophecy.

While Zerubbabel’s mountain was a monumental ministry task, ours may manifest as financial troubles, health issues, emotional distress, addictions, etc. And for ministers, there are huge ministerial mountains to overcome every day. Regardless,  the Lord knows that with His Spirit, no mountain can stand in your life, so you can ask the same question: “Who are thou, o mountain” of disease, fear, financial need, relationship crisis, bondage, etc.?


Why does God use the metaphor of a mountain for life’s challenges?

Apply the Word

To overcome, be Spirit-filled, and walk in faith. Believe the Word, speak to your challenges, and watch them move.


Seek the Spirit’s guidance in confronting and overcoming your mountains.

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