Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim – Lessons from the Promised Land

The Mounts of Curses and Blessings

While we visited the West Bank, we gazed out upon two mountains. To my eye, they looked like a couple of hills, since I live at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

As we took in the sight, a Rabbi shared the story of Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim. In Deuteronomy 26:16-19 the Israelites declared God to be their God. They committed themselves to walk in His ways, keep his statutes, commandments, ordinances, and listen to His voice.

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As a response, God declared them to be His people.

This happened toward the end of Moses’ life, and he gave the Israelites instructions of what to do when they crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land. Moses charged them to stand six tribes in front of Mt. Ebal and to stand the other six tribes in front of Mt. Gerizim. In the valley between the two mountains, the priests were to recite the curses.

After each curse the people were to say, Amen.

Then the blessings that were to come upon them, if they obeyed the Lord, were to be recited by the priests. Moses commanded them to do this as a reminder of how to live as a Godly people. By hearing the curses for disobedience and the blessings for obedience, they would be given the opportunity to determine to live their lives for the Lord and receive the blessings promised to them as a nation. (Deut. 27 & 28.)

When Moses was no longer with them, Joshua led the people across the Jordan and into the Promised Land. At Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim, Joshua and all the people (even the smallest child) were careful to follow the instructions given them by Moses, declaring the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their God. (Josh. 8:30-35.)

Have you declared the living God to be your God? Are you living for Him? Can we expect the blessings of the lord to come to our point of need, if we are living in disobedience and sin? If you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart, why don’t you do it now?

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

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