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Abram & Lot
Family Drama BuildsKnow that Lot was pleased at what he'd saw, for the land was well watered, just like the "garden of the Lord" (Garden of Eden) had once been.
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 13:1-18)
In the last article we'd learned, that Abram and his family had been forced to leave Egypt - after an angry Pharaoh had found out, that Sarai was actually Abram's wife, and not his sister. Now we're not exactly sure, how Pharaoh had found this out, but we do know that his household would be severely afflicted with plagues because of his actions, when it came to Abram and Sarai.
Remember that Abram had initially went down to Egypt - with the hope of finding some type of provision and relief, from the severe famine, that was ravaging the land of Canaan during that time.
However that may have been, we now find that Abram was on his way back to the land of Canaan (a place he should have never left to begin with).
I would also like to point out, that Abram was very fortunate to still have his wife Sarai, for he'd almost lost her, to Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
But know that God will never break His promise to those, who are found to be, in His covenant.
And because of this favor that Abram had with the Lord -- God had made sure, that Abram was protected, and provided for, even though he was found to be off the path, that God had originally placed him on. As a matter of fact, God had blessed Abram so much, that he ended up leaving from out of Egypt - not just with his marriage still in tact, but the Lord had also made Abram, and the rest of his family, very wealthy. This is why Abram's nephew - Lot, would also benefit from the covenant, that God had made with his uncle Abram, for he'd too, had became a very wealthy man.
Bible Study OnlineBethel - The House of God?
However, as we move forward, the Sacred Record reveals that after Abram had gone from place-to-place, we're told that he would now find himself, back near the town of Bethel. For it was the place, that he'd previously made an altar unto the Lord at, when he had first entered Canaan. Now the name Bethel - means "house of God" - and this would be the place, where Abram would call on the name of the Lord.
Now we're not told what Abram and God had discussed, but keep in mind, that Abram had just been through a lot, and he knew that it was the favor God, that he had on his life, that allowed him to make it through his Egyptian ordeal very nicely. So we can only assume up to this point, that Abram was thanking the Almighty God for all that he had done, and continue to do for him.
Bible Study OnlineQuarreling Amongst Relatives?
Now in the meantime, we find that Abram and Lot's herdsmen, weren't getting along, and strife had started building between the two camps. Understand, that up to this point, Canaan was a land that could definitely provide for both camps. But since they had not yet, taken full possession of the land away from the Canaanites, they weren't able to enjoy, all that the land could have provided for them. So as the growth of each camp constantly increased, the space that they had available for settlement, was still very limited.
And because of this, Abram would end up telling Lot, to pick his own choice of land. And Abram had done this, in order to avoid further strife developing between the two camps: "So Abram said to Lot, 'Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 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.'" - Genesis 13:8,9
Bible Study OnlineI Choose Jordan?
So Lot would agree with Abram's proposal, and he started looking around, at the entire plain of Jordan. And it's at this moment, that Lot had saw the river Jordan - for it had divided itself into a bunch of little streams. Know that Lot was pleased at what he'd saw, for the land was well watered, just like the "garden of the Lord" (Garden of Eden) had once been.
And because of this, Lot had decided to choose the "plain of Jordan" and he headed east towards it, as he parted ways with his uncle Abram and his camp. Now after Lot had settled in the "plains of Jordan" which was located near the city of Sodom. It's at this time, that the Scared Record reveals to us, that the men of the city of Sodom - were wicked, and very sinful in the eyes of the Lord.
Bible Study OnlineGod Speaks to Abram?
However, in the meantime, we now find that the Lord had spoken to Abram: "The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, 'Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring for ever.'" - Genesis 13:14,15,
So Abram did as he was told, and he dwelt in the "plain of Mamre" which was located in the city of Hebron - and it's at this point, we're told that Abram had built another altar unto the One True God.
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Okay, now that we find that Abram and his family had went back to Canaan, after they were kicked out of Egypt. We learned that Abram and Lot's camps had a big fallen out, so-much-so, Abram and Lot ended up parting ways. But now we find that a rebellion was rising up near the city of Sodom. Now how would this affect Lot, being that he'd had now settled near the city of Sodom?
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