Hebrews 11:9 “By faith he (Abraham) dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Note that Abraham considered the land of promise a foreign place. This is because he was not willing to view it as home, the place of his abode. Note also that he lived in tents with his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. Why did these men live in tents? Because a tent is a temporary structure, it is not permanent. These men did not consider this present world the place of their permanent abode so they did not set up permanent structures here, neither in thought or in practice. Note that there is no mention of Lot, Ishmael or Esau because, I believe, these men represented those who are for and of this present world. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are heavenly minded and heaven bound. Lot, Ishmael and Esau are earthly minded and worldly. Lot was later converted and became a righteous man who, unlike his wife, was willing to part with his earthly possessions. This life and world was never intended to be permanent, Paul knew this and referred to our bodies as a tent i.e. a temporary structure (2 Corinthians 5:1) and spoke of the permanent, heavenly and eternal body that we look forward to. While Abraham lived in temporary tents he was looking forward to and seeking a permanent, heavenly home unlike Lot who lived in a house (a permanent structure), thinking that this life was his home. (See Genesis 19:1-10) Abraham is our patriarch and he pioneered the pilgrim’s way towards the promises of God. Follow him.