[July 7]
And he [Abraham] removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, ...and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord. Genesis 12:8
IT WAS doubtless to be free from the immoral influences of the Canaanites, and to have his people separated from these, that Abraham removed subsequently to the mountainous country near Bethel. There he established his home, there he reared an altar to the Lord and prayed. Would that each head of a family were thus careful to look out for the interests of those under his charge, that these interests should be advantageous to their welfare everywhere! Would that more could realize how indispensable it is to have an altar to the Lord in their home, where the prayer incense would ascend to the Father through the merit of the Redeemer. Z'07-42 R3936:3(Hymn 153)