Mount Ebal and an explanation of its standing at the altar of Mount Kabir.
(photo credit: TAMAR HAYARDENI)
I have had the privilege of visiting Israel twice now. Our first trip was with a group of friends who knew the land intimately. They, with an Israeli friend, led us to sites that aren't on the 'regular' tourist map.
We visited Joshua's Altar at Mt. Ebal and saw the giant footprint wall made of rock which surrounds it. God had proclaimed that where Joshua set his footprint, God would give him the land. In an ultimate act of faith, Joshua had the army build these low walls in the shape of a footprint all across the land of Israel. They are almost the size of am entire football field. We also visited the more popular tourist sites, but these footprints spoke to me like none other.
In the political arena where many voices cry that Israel doesn't belong to the Jews, Joshua's rock footprints say otherwise. They speak of an army coming into a land and claiming it by faith. They speak of a history that goes back beyond most histories. They speak of the longstanding promises made by God that his people would return and would never be uprooted again.
Written by J-Pilgrim contributor Donna Fawcett.
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