Significance of Mt Nebo
Mt Nebo is the place where God showed the Promised Land to Moses. However, Moses was not able to enter the Promised Land as he died there.
Mt Nebo is a 1000 feet sacred mountain not only for Christians but for Jewish and Muslims as well. Today it is under the supervision and ownership of the Franciscan Order. A Franciscan Monastery and Archeological Institute are located here.
What the Bible Say
34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab upon mount Nebo, to the top of Phasga over against Jericho: and the Lord shewed him all the land of Galaad as far as Dan.
2 And all Nephtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasses, and all the land of Juda unto the furthermost sea,
3 And the south part, and the breadth of the plain of Jericho the city of palm trees as far as Segor.
4 And the Lord said to him: This is the land, for which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying: I will give it to thy seed. Thou hast seen it with thy eyes, and shalt not pass over to it.
5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there, in the land of Moab, by the commandment of the Lord:
6 And he buried him in the valley of the land of Moab over against Phogor: and no man hath known of his sepulchre until this present day.
What to See in Mt Nebo
Spectacular view of the Promised Land as seen by Moses
Lake Tiberias also known as Sea of Galilee (106 kms away) – Where Jesus had His ministry and where He performed several miracles
Nablus (66 kms away) – The area of Biblical Shechem – mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as an Israelite city of the tribe of Manasseh and the first capital of the Kingdom of Israel. Abraham traveled through Shechem on his way to Canaan and here offered his first sacrifice to God. After the conquest of Canaan, Joshua assembled the Israelites here and encouraged them to follow the Mosaic laws.
Jericho (27 kms away) – It is the oldest inhabited city in the world.
Ramallah (52 kms away) – Ramallah is de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. Ramallah is an Aramaic word which means “Hill of God.” Historically a Christian City, Ramallah today is a Muslim City.
Mt of Olives (46 kms away) – It is where Jesus stood when He wept over Jerusalem (an event known as Flevit super illam or He wept Over It). It is also here where Jesus spent time prophesying and teaching His disciples. Jesus also went at Mt Olives on the night of His betrayal.
Qumran (25 kms away) – Where the Dead Sea Scrolls were excavated
Bethlehem (50 kms away) – Birth place of Jesus Christ
Herodium (57 kms away) – The highest peak in the Judean desert where Herod the Great was buried.
Hebron (65 kms away) – The site of the oldest Jewish community in the world dating back to biblical time.
Cross-Shaped Brown Serpent
A new installation inspired by biblical passage:
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever believes in him may have eternal life (John 3.14-15)
Basilica of the Memorial Church of Moses
Originally built in 597AD, the basilica houses some important mosaics which are considered some of the best of Jordan. The basilica is part of the monastery owned by the Franciscans.
Memorial of Moses Marker
Stone marker at the entrance of Mt. Nebo
Here, some ancient mosaic floor maps can be seen
Pope John Paul II Marker
A marker commemorating the visit of Pope John Paul II in Mt. Nebo.
A small Museum featuring Mt. Nebo
MY PERSONAL REFLECTION AT MT NEBO
My Holy Land tour officially begins here where God showed Moses the Promised Land – Israel. As a pilgrim to the Promised Land, I took the opportunity to reflect on “whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” Oftentimes, my faith is tested and sometimes I am tempted to give up. But giving up is not the solution. A grain of faith and trust to the Lord can make the impossible happen. If that grain of faith saves, what more if I make total surrender to the Lord? Yes, the Lord indeed is our Savior and Protector. Amen.
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