As the children of Israel stand poised to cross over into the Jordan, God sets before the people two separate and distinct directions: a way of blessing if they choose to obey God’s commandments and a way of cursing if they choose to walk in disobedience to those laws. These two directions, the blessing and the curse, are to be proclaimed on two mountain tops in the Land: Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.
In this world filled with strife, fear, and anxiety, most of us desperately desire to find peace (shalom). How can we find this shalom we seek? Ultimately, it can only be found in the God of peace—YHVH Shalom. This name of God appears in the book of Judges at a time when the Israelites had definitely lost their peace.
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