God appears to Abraham in Shechem, Abraham builds alters for God. From Genesis 12:7-9 commented by ASV and questions

שלום חברי

To his descendants

When God knew that Abraham had seen and been through most of the land He appeared to Abraham (still Abram) in Shechem and told him that the land he now had seen God would give to his descendants. Why didn’t God say that He would give the land to Abraham?

The power of prophecy

God is the God of prophecies, He always tells us of the future before it becomes a reality. Sarah (still Sarai) didn’t have any children and this was not easy on Abraham and Sarah, his future depended on having children. God knew their situation and felt with them, that was why God said that Canaan would be given to the descendants of Abraham and Sarah. God could have said that the land would be given to Abraham.


When God speaks to you, listen to every word, they are important, every one of them. You might say, “But God does not speak to me”, well then you have not advanced to become a sheep, you are still a lamb. Jesus speaks to sheep, and sheep speak to and look after their lambs. Why is it important to become sheep? The main reason is that you can receive information directly from the source, Jesus, and not through another person, a sheep. 

He preached to the world

Abraham built an Alter at Shechem and worshiped God there. In his heart Abraham worshipped God all the time, but that was personal, building an Alter was public, he advertised to all, his love and appreciation for his God, he preached to the world with this alter that would stay there and testify.

It is not recorded

Then Abraham moved to a mountain between Bethel and Ai and stayed there. From this mountain, he could see the south part of the land. Places are important to God and He mentioned Betel and Ai several times in the Bible. There Abraham again built an Alter, worshiped, and called on the name of God. God’s name then as now, is YaHaWaH here with the vowel a. Could be any vowel, nobody has heard how the name sounded, I have just chosen the voel a

God addicted

There on the mountain Abraham left another Alter as a testimony about God’s greatness and reliability, Abraham simply could not exist without his God, he was dependent, he was God addicted. However, it was more land to explore so Abraham went on toward the Negev, the south part of the land promised to his descendants.


  1. Does God speak to you?
  2. Why is it important that God speaks directly to you?
  3. Do you know where Bethel and Ai is?
  4. What is Gods name?
  5. Why did Abraham build an Alter?
  6. Do you know where the Negev is?


  1. Sir I think that the most high LORD GOD almighty (YAHAWAH) See that Abraham can not make it in one place because he is moving from one place to another ,I think that is why the most high say that the land is for your descendants to come .our GOD almighty know very thing us in our life he is the beginning and the end.


  2. Asv you have a point they if you are not hear from the most high you are not be a sheep yet because the holy spirit in us is our guard to reach him .


  3. The most high LORD GOD almighty (YAHAWAH) hei is our maker he is the one that creates us he is our heavenly father LORD Jesus Christ we need him in our life we need him in our heart very seconds in our life in our living around us EMMANUEL GOD with us (Matthew 1:23;isaiah9:6)that is our great light Jesus Christ..


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