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The LORD said to Abram:
Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you.
Abram was 75 years old when the LORD told him to leave the city of Haran. He obeyed and left with his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions and slaves they had acquired while in Haran.
When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram went as far as the sacred tree of Moreh in a place called Shechem. The Canaanites were still living in the land at that time, but the LORD appeared to Abram and promised, “I will give this land to your family forever.” Abram then built an altar there for the LORD.
Abram traveled to the hill country east of Bethel and camped between Bethel and Ai, where he built another altar and worshiped the LORD.
Later, Abram started out toward the Southern Desert.
Genesis 12 1-9 CEV
Abram shows his dedication by obeying the call and following the direction the LORD. God gives the land to Abram and Abram, in turn, claims the land by worshipping God near the sacred tree and in the hills where the caananites worshipped their false gods. Abram pitching his tent in the hill counrty is a precursor for the Tabernacle and the Temple of God.
Colin Stewart Jones 22nd January 2019.
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