Mount Nebo Travel Blog› entry 24 of 40 › view all entries
After leaving the Dead Sea, we told our driver that we wanted to go to Jebel Nebo (Mount Nebo is Arabic), and he seemed to understand perfectly! He even repeated it...Jebel Nebo! Praise Jesus, we knew where we were going at last...or so we thought. We ended up driving back and forth over the countryside, stopping every 2 minutes to ask for directions. I am sure you think I am exaggerating, but I promise you I am not. He would ask someone, drive until he saw someone else, and ask again.
After going back and forth for a while, driving around construction, pulling off everywhere we could, our driver decided he would stop for a snack. I think we all needed a break, but it was painful how close we were but yet how far away we were. By the grace of God there was an individual in this little convenience store that spoke fluent english and arabic.
Mount Nebo is known as the site where Moses looked out over the Promised Land, and then died. It is believed he is buried somewhere on the site, but no one knows where. There sits on the location today a church and a large staff representing the staff Moses carried as well as the cross that Jesus died on. On a clear day, from this site you can see all the way to Jerusalem. One can only imagine what Moses thought about as he stood there. To look out over the land that God had given his people, and to never be able to set foot there...
There have been several churches on this site since the days of early Christianity. In fact, inside the church that stands there today, one can see the ruins of a much older church that stood on the same site. After enjoying the view of Israel for a while, we decided that we would head to Madaba and try to find our hotel...