Deuteronomy – Chapter 27: The Altar on Mount Ebal

There wasn’t too much to report in the last chapter.  This chapter, Deuteronomy 27, brings us back to Mount Ebal.

“And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster.” – Deuteronomy 27:4

On the stones are written the laws God has commanded.  Also Mount Ebal is to be used for sacrifices.

“Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.”  Deuteronomy 27:15

Why is an all-powerful god so worried about an idol?

“Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.” – Deuteronomy 27:24

Um…why is the word ‘secretly’ in this verse?  Are you not cursed if you kill your neighbor in a non-secret way?

“Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” – Deuteronomy 27:25

In other words, ALL of the Israelites are cursed for they accepted a bribe from God and killed many innocent people.

There were several other curses in this chapter, but I just pointed out a few that stuck out to me.  There were several on what the Bible considers immoral sexual relations, but we’ve gone over that before so I left it out.  I encourage you to read the chapter if you want the full list.

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 28:  Blessings for Obedience

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