It’s Plain

Ancient ShechemAnd you shall write very plainly on the stones all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 27:8)

In modern Nablus, known in ancient times as Shechem, there was a spot between two mountains where God wanted to make a statement.  After the Israelites would conquer the land, they were to set up an altar on Mount Ebal made of stones. They were to coat the stones with plaster and write God’s law on the stones.  Today, that spot can still be seen from Mount Gerizim in the West Bank of Israel.

The idea was to make a permanent record for the people of how God wanted them to live.  God didn’t want the people to follow after the accursed ways of the Canaanites, but to live the blessed life of doing things God’s way.  To make the commands easier to read, they were to write the law on a white plaster background.

As followers of Jesus, we now live under a New Covenant.  God still has principles for us to live by, but His commands are no longer written on cold plastered stone, but on warm, washed hearts (Jer. 31:33-34). As believers, we get ourselves into trouble with the choices we make. We ignore the plain things that God has written and choose to follow the advice that the world gives us.  Don’t ignore God’s plain advice.  You know it’s right, because God wrote it on your heart. God’s ways may not be easy, but they are the best.