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While some would argue that building altars to God at memorable points in their journey was silly, Abram and his family did spiritually two of the most important things one can do in their faith–worship and remember. When one builds an alter, it not only signifies the importance of the place…it also marks the allegiance to the one true God. That was a critical thing in Canaan. The people had long ago abandoned the God that delivered their Ancestor Ham. They moved on to self worship and then to fashioning all manners of God’s to signify the things that were important–the sun, the harvest, intimacy and fertility, food, power and eternity–they grew to need things to touch and see in order to be secure in their control of their lives and their future.
Little has changed, We still need to build altars to significant points in our faith. our submission to God, our covenant of marriage, our dedication of our kids to the Lord each deserve a permanent reminder that He is God and we are His. The world places altars everywhere–stadiums, theaters, malls and endless other tributes to the illusion that men somehow have things under control. Their altars almost certainly fail them–as control by men is sadly impossible. But those that follow the Lord and allow him to lead and control their journey, leave altars all along th4e way as reminders that their lives and families are and will be his to control. Help me Lord to remove the altars I have built as tributes to me and the world, but, also help me to worship at the altars I have built to honor you.
God Bless You
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev