I can take the grim proclamations of Mount Ebal as a serious lesson in natural consequences – even to the believer, sin makes its mark in so many ways. The real message of Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal The ceremony that receives more Torah coverage than Creation, the Exodus, or the revelation at Mount Sinai (Re'eh) Aug 9, 2018, 11:40 PM All have sinned, Paul says; and the wages of sin is death. It must have been a pretty spectacular scene with the nation numbering in the hundreds of thousands at least, by this stage. Gideon's son Jotham stood atop Mount Gerizim when confronting the people of Shechem for taking Abimelech as their king after Gideon's death. Half the nation (the tribes of Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali) stood on Ebal to pronounce the curses of God, that is, a list of further, quite particular commandments that the nation would be cursed for failing in. The instructions are made more specific in Deuteronomy 27, which lists the curses read out from Mount Ebal and Deuteronomy 28, listing the blessings. Gerizim, July 2007 Our route took us back through the valley, and we resolved that while passing between the two mountains of Ebal and Gerizim, in the still morning air, we would try the experiment of reading the blessings and curses . mountain (2), View more by category: Old Testament (4), Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mount Ebal is approximately 17 km (6.6 sq mi) in area, and is composed … My salvation doesn’t depend on my consistency or purity anymore, but on Christ’s – thank God. ( Log Out /  Follow him on Twitter (, Mount Gerizim summit Byzantine Church (Bibleplaces.com), Sign up for The Jerusalem Post Premium Plus for just $5, Upgrade your reading experience with an ad-free environment and exclusive content, Israeli scientists claim to reverse aging process, Why has the US sent B-52s back to the Middle East? An awesome statement of the primacy of the law of God in the nation of Israel, and a visual representation that the Old Covenant, the Hebrew Law, was both a blessing and a curse to the people. ( Log Out /  This salutory lesson, logically, should have stayed true. ... history because the people who later worshiped on Mount Gerizim … The Jerusalem Post Customer Service Center can be contacted with any questions or requests: Change ). Photo from Wikimedia Commons by uwea. Fax: 972-3-561-3699 Deuteronomy 27:5; Joshua 8:30 (Deuteronomy 11:22-30; 27:1-13; Joshua 8:30-35) "'You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you. But Christ intervened: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death… He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. The warning of mount Ebal rang true – fail to follow God and know His curse. Later, in Judges 9:1–21, Mount Gerizim is mentioned again. Could mRNA COVID-19 vaccines be dangerous in the long-term? Ebal or Mt. E-mail: subs@jpost.com, Wayne Stiles has never recovered from his travels in the Holy Land. (Exodus 20:24) Christ overcame the requirements of the law, He met its asks. I can live therefore according to the spirit of the law, not in fear of its letter; that’s my Christian liberty. (photo credit: Bibleplaces.com) ... of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal” (Joshua 8:33). . In mountain, Old Testament, physical geography on May 4, 2011 by simonbriercliffe Tagged: deuteronomy, ebal, gezirim, israel, joshua, jotham, judges, mountains, nablus, old testament, west bank. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Recent Dead Sea Scrolls work supports the accuracy of the Samaritan Pentateuch's designation of Mount Gerizim rather than Mount Ebal as the sacred site. Mounts Ebal and Gerizim sit overlooking the Palestinian city of Nablus, in the West Bank. Location: Mounts Ebal and Gerizim sit overlooking the Palestinian city of Nablus, in the West Bank. Photo from Wikimedia Commons by uwea. Ebal, view north from Mt. New Testament (1). Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Mount Ebal (Arabic: جبل عيبال‎ Jabal ‘Aybāl; Hebrew: הר עיבל‎ Har ‘Eival) is one of the two mountains in the immediate vicinity of the city of Nablus in the West Bank (biblical Shechem), and forms the northern side of the valley in which Nablus is situated, the southern side being formed by Mount Gerizim. Although yet to cross the Jordan and entered the promised land, the Israelites new these mountains already: “As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh, in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal.” (11:30) About twenty miles West of the river Jordan, the Israelites could likely see these mountains from their encampments on the Eastern side – they are the highest points in what’s now the West Bank. ( Log Out /  The center is staffed and provides answers on Sundays through Thursdays between 07:00 and 14:00 and Fridays only handles distribution requests between 7:00 and  The remaining tribes stood on Gerizim and countered with God’s blessings, introduced with the lovely expression that “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.”, Image of the Nablus valley from Google Earth via guidedbiblestudies.com. That remained true and was borne out very graphically: throughout the times of the judges then the kings, when a leader and the people followed God, prosperity was found – not always in a financial sense, but through God’s provision.