And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give this land: and there built he an altar to the LORD…
I. THIS ALTAR WAS REARED ENTIRELY IN HONOUR OF GOD. No self-glorying In it.
II. ABRAHAM'S ACT EXPRESSED HIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE FACT OF DIVINE GUIDANCE IN HIS PAST LIFE. He found it a joy to be under the leadership of God, and he built this altar to express his gratitude.
III. ABRAHAM'S ALTAR EXPRESSED HIS DEPENDENCE ON THE MERCY THAT COMES THROUGH A PROPITIATORY SACRIFICE.
IV. THIS ALTAR WAS VALUABLE IN GOD'S SIGHT, BECAUSE IT EXPRESSED ABRAHAM'S READINESS TO CONSECRATE HIMSELF ENTIRELY TO GOD.
V. THE RAISED ALTAR EXPRESSED THE PATRIARCH'S FAITH IN THE FULFILMENT OF THE DIVINE PROMISES.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.