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Build an altar by your tree

Build an altar by your tree

“So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD” (Genesis 13:18)

Abraham was a nomad, living in a tent and moving from time to time with the cattle. In Genesis 13:18, we read how he settled by the oaks of Mamre. But for Abraham, his tent, some wonderful shade-providing trees, and sufficient grass for this cattle were not sufficient to create a good dwelling place. He also built an altar to the Lord.

Some chapters later, we read a similar text. Abraham moves to Beersheba, plants a tree there — and calls on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God (Genesis 21:33). Abraham’s son and grandson do the same when they move to a new territory (Genesis 26:25, 33:19-20).

Nowadays, Christians don’t need to build altars anymore. But the basic principle is still valuable: it is not sufficient to have a nice home in a pleasant neighborhood. Wherever you move to, seek a church that you can attend and fellow believers who can be your ‘spiritual family’. That is just as important as finding a comfortable home and providing for your material needs!

Do you have an “altar”, a place to worship the Lord, in your vicinity? If not, try to find one!

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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Build an altar by your tree