THE ABRAM AND LOT SEPARATION – ABRAM’s RICH RETURN FROM EGYPT (G-13-HBS)

ABRAHAM SEPARATES FROM LOT

In chapter 13 we see the return of Abram from the land of Egypt. Abram and Lot leave Egypt and return to the Land of Promise. Lot separates from Abram and goes to Sodom, and then God appears to Abram for the third time.

As long as Abram is in the land of Egypt and as long as he is still holding on to Lot, God does not appear to him. The minute that he comes back to the land and there is the separation from Lot, God appears to him.

Genesis 13:1-9 KJV

[1] And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

[2] And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

[3] And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth–el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth–el and Hai;

[4] Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

[5] And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

[6] 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.

[7] And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

[8] And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

[9] 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.

Genesis 13:1

And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south


  • If Abraham went “down” into Egypt in 12:10, Grace brings him “up” out of Egypt, as recorded in this Verse; they left the south to go north, back to Canaan.

Genesis 13:2

And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold


  • These were the Blessings of God, but it did not make up for his lapse of Faith.
  • Abram was the John D. Rockefeller of that day. He was a very wealthy man at this time.

Genesis 13:3

And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth–el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth–el and Hai;


  • Abram went far north of Jerusalem. He had come to the south, around Hebron, and now he goes north of Jerusalem to Bethel.

Genesis 13:4

Unto the place of the Altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the Name of the LORD.


  • He went back to the mountaintop where his tent had been at the beginning, and there, doubtless with tears and shame, he called by Sacrifice on the Name of the Lord. His backslidings were forgiven, his soul was restored, and he resumes his true life as a pilgrim and a worshipper with his tent and his Altar, neither of which he had in Egypt.
  • Until the Believer comes back to the Cross, of which the Altar is a Type, true Restoration cannot be found.

Genesis 13:5

And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents


  • Lot didn’t seem to realize that his blessings were strictly because of Abraham.

Genesis 13:6

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.


  • Worldly substance generally causes problems, even as it did here. There was strife in the Church. In fact, the “Church” of that day consisted of the families of Abraham and Lot, at least as far as we know.

Genesis 13:7

And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.


  • The strife no more produced the worldliness in Lot than it produced the faith in Abraham; it only manifested, in the case of each, what was really there.
  • The Canaanite and the Perizzite observed this “strife,” as they always observe such.
  • What did they see?

Genesis 13:8

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you, and between my herdmen and your herdmen; for we be Brethren.


  • The bent toward Sodom is now beginning to exert itself in the heart of Lot. This “bent” demands its “rights,” which demands to be able to choose for itself, which, at the same time, means that it does not trust God to make the choice.

Genesis 13:9

Is not the whole land before you? separate yourself, I pray you, from me: if you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.


  • This was a test for both Abraham and Lot.

LOT GOES TO SODOM

It is Abram who makes the division. It took a big man to tell Lot this. In other words, Abram is saying that Lot could choose what he wanted and Abram would take what was left.

Genesis 13:11-13 KJV

[11] Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

[12] Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

[13] But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 13:10

And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the Garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as you come unto Zoar


  • “The lust of the eyes”. That was a beautiful spot in those days.

Genesis 13:11

Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.


  • Lot didn’t seem to realize, as most don’t realize, that he was blessed by God because of Abraham. He should have said to Abraham, that whatever the Patriarch desired, that’s what he desired. But instead, he chose for himself, and as the future will prove, chose very unwisely.
  • When he separated himself from Abraham, he separated himself from the Blessing.

Genesis 13:12

Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.


  • Slowly but surely, the self-will of Lot takes him toward destruction, even as self-will always does.

Genesis 13:13

But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly


  • The Holy Spirit through Moses, as he wrote the text, is very quick to characterize Sodom and its inhabitants.

GOD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM AND REAFFIRMS HIS PROMISE

“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him” —here is the third appearance of God to this man.

“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.” This is the land God is going to give him. As God continued to appear to Abram and later on to the other patriarchs, God put sideboards around that land. In other words, He put a border to it and told them exactly what the land was. He was very specific about it.

Genesis 13:14-18 KJV

[14] And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

[15] For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

[16] And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

[17] Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

[18] Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Genesis 13:14

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:


  • Directly Lot departs, God draws near to Abraham.
  • The Lord tells Abraham that the Promises are given to him, and not to Lot.

Genesis 13:15

For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever.


  • The modern Palestinians should look at the statement, “And to your seed forever.”

Genesis 13:16

And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.


  • Sarah is barren, and yet God promises a number beyond comprehension.
  • This includes not only the Jews who serve the Lord, but also every Gentile Believer who has ever lived.

Genesis 13:17

Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto you


  • This is a walk of Faith.

Genesis 13:18

Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an Altar unto the LORD.


  • There was no Altar in Sodom, which Lot chose.
  • All who travel in that direction are in quest of something quite different from that. It is never the worship of God, but the love of the world that leads them thither.
  • Abraham builds an Altar unto the Lord, which means that his Faith is reestablished in Christ, and what Christ will do to redeem humanity by dying on the Cross.
  • Hebron was about 22 miles south of Jerusalem, on the way to Beer-sheba.

 

 

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