Genesis Chapter 13 (Review)

  1. And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

Following Pharaohs orders, Abram then left Egypt with his wife, newly acquired assets and with Lot.

  1. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Abram was now very rich (thanks to pharaoh).

  1. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai
  2. Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Then he went back to that altar he built in the previous chapter, and called on God.

  1. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

Lot as well (most likely thanks to pharaoh and abrams choices) was now rich in flock, herds and tents

  1. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

They cared for their substance well enough that it began to grow and they became so great that they could not live together because of land space and their cattle.

  1. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land.

So their herdsmen kept having issues with each other.

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  1. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
  2. Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

When it became unbearable, Abram called lot and told him there is no need for the issues arising when they can be averted. There is enough land in the world. Choose one side, let me choose the other.

  1. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
  2. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Lot then chose the plain of Jordan because it was well watered and that meant survival of his cattle. It was just like the Garden of Eden and one portion of the land of Egypt.

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  1. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Abram then remained in Canaan while Lot faced Sodom.

  1. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.

The men of Sodom were exceeding sinners before the Lord. Their sin was on another level entirely.

  1. And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
  2. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
  3. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

After Lot left, God spoke to Abram. Look everywhere, all around you what do you see? Whatever you see is yours. I will give it to you and your seed forever and your seed will be like dust. Innumerable.

We should also understand that right from the start, it was Abram that God was dealing with and not lot. Lot just tagged along and it favoured him. By Abram, Lot was blessed. That is the reason why it was when Lot left that God spoke to Abram.

  1. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Walked through the land in the length and breadth of it and I will give you (If I were Abe, I would still be walking by now).

  1. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.

After the exercise, Abram then moved from Canaan to Mamre (Hebron) and built another altar.

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