Genesis 13 – January 13
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Genesis 13 – Abram and Lot Separate
So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
Home Base | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible says Abram took his family back to the alter at Bethel; Bethel (a reference to the area, not the city) was considered his permanent “home.” Even though Abram and his family were a nomadic tribe, whose main activity was herding and who had to seek other places for the animals to graze continually, they could have a permanent home. Lot had first pick of the land he wanted to settle in. He made the choice to move to the city of Sodom. Verse 10 says Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord; he chose what he thought looked great (but we know Sodom was an evil place). But in verse 14 the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are- all around. All the land you see I give you and your descendants [which Abram must have been wondering about since he didn’t have any children] forever.” Abram transferred the center of his activities from Bethel to Hebron, in the hill country. There he established his main campus and built an altar for the worship of God. Trees indicate water, and Abram had chosen wisely to live near the terminal trees of Mamre. It was a reasonably safe part of the country and would enable his family to expand and grow.
We are planning on moving next year. We don’t move a lot so this is a very big decision for us. I have been praying about where God wants us to live. Both Lot and Abram saw places that looked good, but only the one God had a hand in turned out ok. I want to choose wisely as Abram did to grow as a family. This move might be to a new city and a Christian school. My children do NOT like change, so we want this to be what is best for them.
Dear Lord, please show us where You want us to be. Please let it be from You and not what I think is best. Like Abram’s family had an altar there, a home base, let You and Your Word be our home base, no matter where we are.
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