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The highlight of a visit to the Mount of Precipice is definitely its astonishing view down the Jezreel Valley on one side, and Mount Tabor, where Jesus' transfiguration took place, on the other. This is Galilean heartland, where Jesus must have passed many times on his travels around the country.




Background Information


This is where an angry crowd sought to throw Jesus off the cliff, according to Catholic tradition. Luke tells us that Jesus read the Torah passage in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth when the people of the town was angered by his interpretation. Standing on top of the cliff in front of the angry crowd he simply turned and walked away. Christian Orthodox tradition does not revere this as the spot where the story happened, but any visitor will still enjoy climbing the mountain peak due to its panoramic views of the surroundings.





Reflections on the Scriptures

To reflect on the story:

Luke 4: 14
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 


18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
         because he has anointed me
         to preach good news to the poor.
      He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
         and recovery of sight for the blind,
      to release the oppressed,
       19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

 20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.

 23Jesus said to them, "Surely you w ill quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.' "

 24"I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed-only Naaman the Syrian."

 28All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30But he walked right=2 0through the crowd and went on his way.

To reflect on application to your own life:

1 Peter 1: 6-7 
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Romans 12: 14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

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Scriptures provided by: Eva Marie Everson Best Selling Novelist
Reflections of God's Holy Land; A Personal Journey Through Israel





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