Watch yourself, lest you offer up your burnt offerings in any place that you see. Rather, in the place that the LORD will choose, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer up your burnt offerings…What is the problem with offering sacrifices in any place that you see and why does God insist on a central location? Hizkuni suggests that not having a centralized location – one place where all Israel goes – will lead to idolatry. Indeed, in the days of Jeroboam, encouraging people not to travel to Jerusalem is how idolatry spread to Israel: And King Jeroboam took counsel and made two golden calves and said to the people, “Enough for you to go up to Jerusalem! Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” And he placed one in Bethel and the other he set in Dan. (I King 12:28-29)