The Secret Place

Initial steps: Move when you hear God’s voice and 2) Communicate with God (Genesis 12:6-9). Communication is a two-way street. When Abram arrives at his destination, Canaan, he is surprised. Genesis 12:6~Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. (ESV) Now the Canaanites were descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham, grandson cursed by Noah in Genesis 9:25. Marked because of his irreverence done to Noah. This seems to have built over time as the people who live on the Jordan plain were very irreverent, wicked, immoral, and violent. Genesis 12:7~Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring, I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord (יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah רָאָה ra’ah), who had appeared to him. (ESV) (רָאָה ra’ah) to inspect, perceive, to consider. Yes, consider what the Lord wants to do on in and through our lives.

Abe then travels southerly and sets up camp in the hill country between Bethel on the west and Hai on the east, meaning heap of ruins. Yes, this is where Joshua gets defeated (Genesis 12:8b). It is about ten miles north of what is present-day Jerusalem. Again Abe builds an altar. Genesis 12:8~…And there he built an altar (מִזְבֵּחַ mizbeach) to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. (ESV) The Hebrew word altar (מִזְבֵּחַ mizbeach) means place of slaughter or sacrifice. Like Noah before, Abe sacrifices to God. Anytime we begin to search for God’s purpose for our lives, there will be sacrifices to make. We live today in a Canaanite society where sexual immorality, pornography, violence, profanity, lying, cheating and so forth are typical or commonplace. Therefore, we all need an altar where we can regularly obey the command of Romans12:1~With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. (JBP)

Finding God’s purpose always requires offering ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. Jesus Christ paid the debt on Calvary, but we still need to come humbly before the altar, a suitable place where we can be alone with God and commune with Him without interruptions. Look at Abe’s response in Genesis 12:8~..he moved…And there he built an altar to the Lord and called (קָרָא qara’) upon the name of the Lord. (ESV) In Hebrew (קָרָא qara’) means to call, recite, read, summon, it has the idea of accosting a person or intrusively calling out. Things weren’t working out as Abe thought they should. So he begins to pray intensely. I know this has never been necessitated in your life. I mean we follow God’s direction, expecting everything to be FINE. I’m FINE, It’s FINE: Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional. How are you? I’m FINE. MMMM, doing that well are we? 

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