Genesis 12:7
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7  Hashem appeared to Avram and said, “I will assign this land to your offspring.” And he built a mizbayach there to Hashem who had appeared to him.

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ז  וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם וַיֹּאמֶר לְזַרְעֲךָ אֶתֵּן אֶת־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהֹוָה הַנִּרְאֶה אֵלָיו׃

 12:7   Hashem appeared to Avram 

This is the first time that the Bible describes God revealing Himself to Avraham. Even at the beginning of this chapter when Hashem commanded Avraham to leave his land, it does not say that Hashem appeared to him. The Kli Yakar, a biblical commentator who lived in Prague in the early seventeenth century, explains this by reference to the principle that Hashem does not reveal Himself prophetically outside the Land of Israel. The command given in Haran at the start of this chapter was heard, but not seen. Only once he arrived in Israel did God actually appear to Avraham, which then prompted Avraham to build an altar to mark the occasion. God’s presence is felt most intensely in Eretz Yisrael.


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  • The thing that really delights me is that Abraham listened, heard and obeyed – without the benefit of txt, email and phone, without maps, media or travel agents. Without knowledge of the world in one sense. We make decisions often based on what we have read or seen or heard. Abraham had none of these – but the voice of Hashem. It makes me wonder how many of us do not always hear the voice of Hashem and we miss out on many blessings, because of the things in our world txt etc
    To be able to know and hear Hashem is a great gift, one we all need to develope!

  • Here is another huge difference in the relationship of the Creator God with a follower of His word. At the first, this God spoke with Abram in his head then later as he followed this voice, God knew He could trust Abram and He becomes visible to him, now telling him prophetic input. First it is, do as I say then gives him ‘what will be’ now that you have followed my voice.
    Great lesson to us all.

Genesis 12:7

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