Land of Israel and Jewish heritage
A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum
Arrival of Abraham in Canaan, cont’d
In Mesopotamia as in Aramnaharaim, Abraham had observed its inhabitants eating, drinking, and acting wantonly and thought: “O that my portion may not be in this land.” However, when he came to Canaan, he observed the people industriously devoting themselves to the cultivation of the land and thought: “O that my portion may be in this land!” In response, God spoke to Abraham and said: “Unto thy seed will I give this land.” Happy in these joyous tidings, Abraham erected an altar to the Lord to give thanks unto Him for that promise.
Then, Abraham journeyed on, southward, in the direction of the spot whereon the Temple would one-day stand. In Hebron, he erected another altar, thus claiming or taking possession of the land in a sense. Likewise, he raised another altar in Ai, because he foresaw a misfortune that would befall his offspring there, at the conquest of the land under Joshua. The altar, he hoped, would avert the evil results that might follow.
Each altar that Abraham raised became a center for his activities as a missionary. As soon as he came to a place in which he desired to sojourn, he would first setup a tent for Sarah, and then one for himself, after which, he would proceed to make proselytes of the inhabitants and bring them under the wings of the Shekinah. In this way, he accomplished his purpose of encouraging all men to proclaim the Name of God.
(To be continued…)