Gen. 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.

Gen. 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Gen. 13:3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

Gen. 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.

Abram leaves and ends up at the place where he built the altar between Bethel and Ai.  Then he Òcalled on the name of the Lord.,Ó he prays—just as he did the first time he was there.  (Note:  We arenÕt told that the famine has ended.  Yet, Abram heads back to where he came from—where God had told him to be.) 

 

Gen. 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

Gen. 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.

Gen. 13:7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of AbramÕs cattle and the herdmen of LotÕs cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

Lot and Abram had both gained great possessions by this time.  Their herdsman began fighting over the land (for grazing for the animals I assume).  They werenÕt the only ones in the land either; the Canaanites and Perizzites also lived there.

 

Gen. 13:8 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.

Gen. 13:9 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.

Gen. 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

Gen. 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Gen. 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

So Abram gets with Lot and does the unusual, the unselfish—he gives Lot his choice of land and agrees to separate from him.  Lot, on the other hand, does the usual, the selfish—he chooses the best land for himself, the well-watered, gardenlike Plain of Jordan.  The area was so beautiful it was compared to the garden of the Lord (of Eden I presume) and Egypt.  So Abram dwells in Canaan, and Lot goes to live near Sodom.

 

(1/11) If Abram had obeyed God and left his family, Lot included, this would never have been necessary.  I noticed that Lot pitched his tent ÒtowardÓ Sodom, but it wasnÕt long before he was ÒinÓ Sodom (14:12).

 

Gen. 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

The emphasis here is on the men—the ones who are given the position of leadership in the home.

 

Thought:  ItÕs obvious that the early generations of man had some sort of guideline as to what was pleasing to the Lord and what was not.  There was some sort of standard for good and evil.  We just arenÕt told how they knew this.

 

Gen. 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:

Gen. 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Gen. 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.

Gen. 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Gen. 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.

Again, God speaks to Abram.  He makes another promise to him:

1)    All the land that he sees looking in all directions will belong to him and his offspring forever.

2)    His offspring will be as numerous as the dust.

Abram chooses to dwell in Hebron.  Again, he builds an altar to the Lord.