March 8, 2013
Abraham returns from Egypt to the place he had settled earlier between Betheland Ai. He’s fairly wealthy and has lots of livestock, but he’s not alone:
And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
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.
And therewas a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’scattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
So, both of them have these huge flocks which require plenty of pasture and water.I imagine that one day Abraham’s men saw a nice spot off in the distance andstarted off in that direction while Lot’s men were doing just the same. Well, they’renot going to walk all that way for nothing, so each side tells the other to get lost because “we saw it first.”Well, the other side didn’t walk all that way for nothing either, so one thing leadsto another and then the staffs and slings come out. They’ve literally found a hillworth dying on.And this brings the possession of the land into question. Who will get it? WillAbraham take it by force? Will he use his right as an elder or as God’s called one?Or will he prefer Lot’s desires over his own and watch God take care of it?
And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between meand thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
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.
He says, “We’re brothers. We don’t need problems between us. You tell me whichdirection you want to go, and we’ll do it. If you go this way, I’ll go that. Just pickwhat you want, so there’s no more fighting.” (Heb. 12:11)
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destroyed Sodom andGomorrah, even as the garden of the L
, like the land of Egypt, as thoucomest unto Zoar.
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the