The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.
After Lot moved to the Jordan Valley, God encouraged Abram by renewing His original promise.
Possibly from the same vantage point where Abram had viewed the land with Lot, God now instructed Abram to do the very same thing, “Lift up your eyes and look” (v. 13). With the land in view, God reiterated His promise to Abram giving all of it to his covenantal progeny. In addition, God reaffirmed His promise to bless Abram with innumerable descendants that would populate the land.
Whether reminiscent of the ancient legal practice of pacing-off the dimensions of a property prior to purchase or as a tour of inspection after the fact, God commanded Abram to arise and walk through the whole land. Either way, Abram believed God and by faith, did as commanded. Although the Canaanites inhabited the land and Sarai was barren, Abram believed and obeyed.
Afterward, Abram settled by the terebinth trees of Mamre about two miles north of Hebron. A well-watered and fertile area situated around 3,000 feet above sea level, it was an ideal location and became the primary residence of Abram for the remainder of his life. As was his practice wherever he traveled, Abram built an altar to the Lord that demonstrated his faith in the One-true God providing a testimony to the surrounding culture.
Lot audaciously took what he thought would make him happy and received what he desired—albeit short-lived. Abram trusted God; and, God blessed him with not just a prime location for his residence, but the entire land of Canaan as an eternal inheritance.
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Sunlight pierces a shady Pistacia atlantica, Elah Valley, Israel. By Davidbena [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
3) Terebinth tree of Mamre, Hebron. (c. 1908) By Internet Archive Book Images [PD-US, PD-Art,No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
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