What Makes it Significant
The Valley of Shechem lay between the mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. It was upon the latter that Joshua, as per Moses’ previous instructions , built an altar unto the Lord of unhewn stones. Upon the altar he wrote a copy of the Law of Moses, and it was read for the Israelite congregation. From Mount Gerizim, the people shouted “Amen” to the portions of the law promising a blessing for righteousness. From Ebal, the people shouted “Amen” to the portions of the law warning of a curse for unrighteousness. It is not the places themselves, but what occurred there, that makes them significant. This concept should be considered by each of the saints gathering for worship. The idea of “going to church” may involve too much the place and too little the activity. At the Fourth of John’s Gospel, the Savior taught that God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth, and it is this only which He seeks. It is not the place we call “church, ” but what we as the Church do there as we worship, that makes it significant.
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Written and voiced by David H. Prophater