trapped in Ebal
Deuteronomy 28:30 You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house but not stay in it. You will plant a vineyard but not enjoy its fruit.
Deuteronomy 28:31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat any of it. Your donkey will be taken away from you and not returned to you. Your flock will be given to your enemies, and no one will help you.
Deuteronomy 28:32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another people, while your eyes grow weary looking for them every day. But you will be powerless to do anything.
trapped in Ebal
By now, if you have been following this study for a few days, you may be beginning to wonder why Moses keeps hammering away at warning the Israelites not to rebel, and reciting all the consequences of that potential rebellion. God knew that the rebellions would occur, and it broke his heart.
Lots of bad things happen to us in this life, and they are not all the results of God’s judgment. But some of them may be. If you are struggling in your life right now, and feel trapped in Ebal, the last thing I would want to say to you is what I hear coming from so many pulpits: that your hard times are not from God. I can tell you that God loves you, and no matter what the source of your suffering may be, God wants you to come to him for rescue. The reason he warns his children is that he loves them, and wants them to seek their help from him.
Father, we are suffering, and it may be our fault. Please forgive us and help us to get out of Ebal, and back to Gerazim. Help us escape our affliction and return to your blessing.