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Mount Ebal a Voice of God.

Mount Ebal a Voice of God.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel in
Mount Ebal." — Joshua viii. 30.
BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel in
Mount Ebal." — Joshua viii. 30.

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MOUNT EBAL A VOICE OF GOD. BY REV. DAVID GREGG " Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal." — Joshua viii. 30. When I last read this Scripture which gives me my text, I read it on the summit of Mount Gerizim. The Bible was before me in the printed page, and the Bible was before me in every feature of the broad landscape. It makes the Bible a new book to read it in its own land. My Gerizim-view of Palestine was the first of those grand hill-top views which keep constantly breaking in upon one's soul, as one rides through the Holy Land. From the summit of Gerizim you can actually see from Pisgah, which lifts its head on the other side of Jordan in the east, to Hermon, which lifts its head in the north. You wonder how Moses, who was never in Canaan, could describe with such accuracy Gerizim and Ebal. Here is the explanation : Their summits were visible from Pisgah. With them before him in the distance, he planned the cere-mony of the nation's dedication to God, which
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Joshua carried out in the vale between these moun-tains. On the summit of Gerizim I could take in 158 NEW EPISTLES FROM OLD LANDS. the whole of the historic side of Mount Ebal, which was directly opposite, and the whole of the historic valley which ran at its base. It required no severe play of imagination to picture the holy scenes por-trayed by this Old-Testament Scripture. Down in the centre of the little vale, where we tented at night, was the ark of the covenant, and around it were gathered the priests and Levites. On the slopes of Gerizim were six tribes, a million and a half of people, and on the slopes of Ebal were six tribes, a million and a half of people. There has never been such another congregation gathered together on earth for the worship of God. That congregation stands unrivalled in all history. When the priests turned their faces and looked Gerizimward and uttered the blessings, a million and a half of people responded " Amen. " When
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the priests turned their faces and looked Ebalward and uttered the curses, a million and a half of people responded " Amen." Those responses were like the sound of many waters and like the noise of mighty thunders. By these solemn scenes God made these two mountains vocal, and ever since each has been a voice of God uttering great moral principles ; even those principles which are shaping the destinies of men both for time and for eternity. God com-pelled the covenant nation to enter the promised land by the gateway which lies between Gerizim and Ebal, and upon these two mountains, which MOUNT EBAL A VOICE OF GOD. 159 are visible from all parts of the land, He wrote as upon two pillars these everlasting facts demon-strated by universal history, viz. : 1 . Sow the good and you shall reap the good.
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