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Mt. NEBO .........The big claim to fame came from Deuteronomy 34. "And Moses went up from the plains of Moab onto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgam, that is over against Jericho . . . and the Lord said unto him this is the land which he swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob saying, I will give it unto thy seed. I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord."

Upon arrival at Mt. Nebo, the first thing you see at the peaceful garden is the church. There is always a church. The Moses Memorial Church dated to early Christian times. It had beautiful tile floors from 394 A.D. and had gone through many changes and additions over the centuries. Behind it is an interesting abstract cross that is a combination of Jesus' cross and Moses' staff with a serpent. It is inspired by Jesus' words in John 3: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up."

And, then there is the view, a breathtaking view of the Land of Milk and Honey. To the left was the northern tip of the Dead Sea (neither milk nor honey), the Jordan River valley, and Jericho. On a clear day, which I didn't have, you could see all the way to the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem.


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