I know these are hard questions, but do you remember the name of Abraham’s father who died in Haran? His name was Terah. Do you remember the name of Abraham’s brother who settled in Haran after his father died? His name was Nahor. Now Abraham with all his flocks and herds kept traveling until he came to the land God had promised him. How happy and excited Abraham and his wife, Sarah, and his nephew, Lot, and all their hired servants must have been after such a long journey. They knew God had been with them all the way and brought them safely to their new home. It was a wonderful and beautiful land. There were a few cities and villages where the Canaanites lived, but Abraham and his people chose not live in the towns. They stayed in tents and moved from place to place where they could find grass for their sheep and cattle. Now here’s something really important, God met with Abraham in the middle of the land near a town called Shechem and reminded him that this land belonged to him and his children and their children forever. Abraham then built an altar and worshiped the Lord. Abraham’s next stopping place was at Bethel, about 20 miles south of Shechem. It was one of the highest elevations in the land with beautiful views in every direction. Abraham built another altar in Bethel and worshiped the Lord, and he did the same thing later when he moved on to Hebron, still exploring the land. Besides being an act of thanksgiving to God, do you think the altars Abraham built and the sacrifices he offered could have been a testimony of his faith in God to the Canaanites who lived in the land?
God was with Abraham and his people and brought them safely to their new home.If we trust in God and obey him, he will safely bring us to what new and beautiful home?