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7/15/10 at 02:16 PM 0 Comments

Mount Carmel in the bible - a symbol of beauty and belief- part 1,2

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When we are being told about a name of a place in the bible, we usually don't ask why this place was chosen and not other; we usually ask what happened there.
Today we will speak about a place that symbols the beauty character of the promise land and also the place when the belief in God was so clear, significant and profound.
In 1 Kings 18 there is one of the most important tests to the people of Israel, after the passing by between The Lord and the Baal - this is the time to decide who is the real God, who is the one top believe in or as the song sais - who stopped the rain?

The place that was chosen is mount Carmel, where the sea is close to be seen, where the height is as close as it can be for the 2 gods that are fighting with the representation of 1 prophet against 450 prophets.

When The Lord sent Jeremiah to speak about what happened in the desert, about the nostalgia of all being so good, he notes for us one special place to show his belief in the people of Israel and the treason of the people in him as written in Jeremiah 2: 7

"וָאָבִיא אֶתְכֶם אֶל-אֶרֶץ הַכַּרְמֶל, לֶאֱכֹל פִּרְיָהּ וְטוּבָהּ; וַתָּבֹאוּ וַתְּטַמְּאוּ אֶת-אַרְצִי, וְנַחֲלָתִי שַׂמְתֶּם לְתוֹעֵבָה."

"And I brought you into a land of fruitful fields, to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled My land, and made My heritage an abomination."

Next time we will see what happened in the place when the fruits of belief became rotten.

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew Transcription Translation

רָקוּב rāqûb Rotten
בְּגִידָה begîdāh Treason
יִצּוּג yitsûg Representation
גֹּבַהּ gōbah Height
עָמֹק 'āmōq Profound
גֶּשֶׁם gešem Rain


Mount Carmel in the bible - a symbol of beauty and belief- part 2
What is unique and important with Mount Carmel?
The great miracle of fire falling down from the skies, burning all the water, the entire altar, is a mark for the magical and mysterious power of the place as written in 1 kings 18: 38-39-

" וַתִּפֹּל אֵשׁ-יְהוָה, וַתֹּאכַל אֶת-הָעֹלָה וְאֶת-הָעֵצִים, וְאֶת-הָאֲבָנִים, וְאֶת-הֶעָפָר; וְאֶת-הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר-בַּתְּעָלָה, לִחֵכָה וַיַּרְא, כָּל-הָעָם, וַיִּפְּלוּ, עַל-פְּנֵיהֶם; וַיֹּאמְרוּ--יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים, יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים.

"Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench and when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said: 'The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.'

Yet this is not the only thing that is happening there; in the book of Isaiah 16:10 the place described in those words: from this mountain, because of the sins of the people of Israel, the gladness and the joy will be taken; in other words this place symbolize the happiness in the good days, when the fruit is growing without ant rotten warms that exterminate them.

Also in the book of Amos this place has a good meaning until the sin is coming and The Lord is angry as written in Amos 1:2
"וַיֹּאמַר--יְהוָה מִצִּיּוֹן יִשְׁאָג, וּמִירוּשָׁלִַם יִתֵּן קוֹלוֹ; וְאָבְלוּ נְאוֹת הָרֹעִים, וְיָבֵשׁ רֹאשׁ הַכַּרְמֶל"

"And he said: the LORD roareth from Zion, and uttereth His voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither."

It is a shame that the sins need to tell us what is good and beauty!

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew Transcription Translation
הִשְׁמִיד hišmîd Exterminate
כְּלוֹמַר kelômār Meaning
אֹשֶׁר 'ōšer Happiness
שִׂמְחָה śimhāh Joy
מִזְבֵּחַ Mizbēah Altar
נֵס nēs Miracle


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