Chapter 13

Abram and Lot Separate

    • Abram, his wife, all of their possessions (he was very rich), and Lot left Egypt and traveled back to the place between Bethel and Ai where he had previously had a tent and built an altar. He worshiped the Lord there.

    • Lot was also rich, having flocks, herds, and tents. Abram and Lot had so much that the land could not support both of their flocks and herds together.

    • There was a lot of fighting between Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen. They were also living among the Canaanites and Perizzites.

      • “Something had to be done about this strife between the estates of Abram and Lot, because they could not continue a conflict like this before the unbelieving inhabitants of Canaan. When the Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land, and saw the men of Abram and Lot fighting, they must have thought, ‘Oh, they’re just like us. They say they worship another God, a God they say is the true God, but I see they are really just like us.’” (Guzik)

      • I find this quote from Barnhouse to be particularly true, “Many people will never listen to what any believer says because of what some believers are.” If you want to be listened to, you need to make sure your witness makes people want to listen to you.

    • Abram told Lot, “We’re relatives. Let’s not quarrel between us. We have this entire land before us so let’s part ways. You pick the direction you want to go and I’ll go the other way.”

    • Lot chose the entire Jordan Valley for himself because it was well watered like the Lord’s garden and Egypt. This was before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

    • So Lot set out toward the east and he and Abram separated.

    • Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot set his tent up near the city of Sodom.

    • The men of Sodom were very evil and sinful.

      • “Of course Lot thought, ‘I can serve God as well there as here. They probably need a witness.’ But he deceived himself, as many since him have done…It wasn’t Lot’s choice that led his heart astray. His heart was already astray, and it was demonstrated by his choice.” (Guzik)

    • After Lot left, the Lord told Abram, “ From where you are standing look north, south, east, and west. I will give you and your offspring all the land that you see, forever. Your offspring will be so numerous they will be harder to count than the dust of the earth. Walk the land from one end to the other, for I will give it to you.”

      • “This promise of the land had been made to Abram when he lived in Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 12:1-3, Acts 7:2-4). God is now repeating this promise. This was quite a promise to make to a childless man in his seventies or eighties.” (Guzik)

    • So Abram moved his tent beside the oaks of Mamre at Hebron. He lived there and built an altar.

– “The name Mamre means, vision. Hebron means communion. Abram once again walked in the Lord’s vision for him and in communion with the Lord. Abram built another altar. He lived life in constant awareness of the need for a sacrificial atonement and covering.” (Guzik)