Abram and Lot part ways.
VERSE 1. Abram went up out of Egypt—he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him—into the South.
VERSE 2. Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
VERSE 3. He went on his journeys from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
VERSE 4. to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. There Abram called on the LORD’s name.
the LORD’s name. The Hebrew word is יהוה. It is commonly transliterated as YHWH.
VERSE 5. Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, herds, and tents.
VERSE 6. The land was not able to bear them, that they might live together; for their possessions were so great that they couldn’t live together.
their possessions were so great. That is, “their substance was great.” Abram and his nephew Lot were quite wealthy.
they couldn’t live together. Their herds were so great that the land couldn’t support having the two of them in the same region.
VERSE 7. There was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites lived in the land at that time.
VERSE 8. Abram said to Lot, “Please, let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are relatives.
Abram gave Lot the choice of which land would be his.
VERSE 9. Isn’t the whole land before you? Please separate yourself from me. If you go to the left hand, then I will go to the right. Or if you go to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
VERSE 10. Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well-watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as you go to Zoar.
VERSE 11. So Lot chose the Plain of the Jordan for himself. Lot traveled east, and they separated themselves from one other.
Lot chose the Plain. Lot, perhaps a greedy person, chose the best land for himself.
Abram willingly accepted the lesser land.
VERSE 12. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot lived in the cities of the plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked. What was their sin? Many people assume it was homosexual activity.
However, the Bible itself tells us. It provides the answer:
Ezekiel 16:49. Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (NIV translation)
The sins of the men of Sodom were these:
- arrogant. They were prideful.
- overfed. They were gluttons.
- unconcerned. They were self-centered.
- did not help the poor and needy. They neglected to help poor people.
These are the same behaviors as many Christians of today:
- arrogant. Many of us are prideful, expressing scorn for people of other faiths.
- overfed. Many of us are obese.
- unconcerned. Many of us are deeply self-centered.
- did not help the poor and needy. Many of us express contempt for poor people.
VERSE 14. The LORD said to Abram, after Lot was separated from him, “Now, lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,
The LORD said to Abram. After Lot had left, the LORD God spoke to Abram. God reassured Abram of the promise.
All the land that Abram could see would belong to his descendants. Forever. Abram’s descendants will be so vast that no one could count them.
This is a fantastic promise!
VERSE 16. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring may also be counted.
offspring. The Hebrew word is זָ֫רַע (“zera”). It means seed.
VERSE 17. Arise, walk through the land in its length and in its width; for I will give it to you.”
VERSE 18. Abram moved his tent, and came and lived by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the LORD.
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