The Call of Abram
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord told Abram to go to Canaan where he would receive great blessings. He promised Abram would be the father of a great nation and promised blessings to those who blessed Abram and curses to those who cursed him. What an encouragement this must have been as Abram set out on the journey–the Lord Himself was on his side.
Abram, his wife Sarai and Lot (his nephew), began the journey taking with them all of their possessions and all of the people who had accumulated in their community in Harran. The text says they eventually reached Canaan.
(It occurs to me as I read this that we are all on a journey toward “Canaan” and to reach that land we must also all follow the instructions of the Lord.)
When Abram came to a land where the Canaanites were living, the Lord came to him and promised that land to Abram’s offspring.
After the Lord appeared to him and made that promise, Abram built an altar to the Lord before continuing on his journey. Then he journeyed on to the hills east of Bethel and built another altar.
The altars are significant. The Lord took an interest in Abram and Abram did not fail to honor Him.