Genesis – Chapter 13

Verses 1, 2 – Abram’s wealth not only included gold and silver but also livestock.  These items were often used for trade.

A verse 5-9 – The Bible says that Abram and Lot had so much that these two families staying together was causing conflict.  Abram took the initiative in resolving the conflict.  Abram gave Lot the choice of which land he wanted.  He also put family peace above his own personal desires.  The Canaanites and Perizzites were among them.  They were surrounded by hostile neighbors.  Try to avoid arguments that will evolve into bigger problems.

Verses 10, 11 – We see here that Lot’s character is revealed by the choice he made.  He chose the best share of land even though it meant living near Sodom, a city known for its sin.  Lot wasn’t thinking about what would be fair.  He just wanted the best.  He had no thought of what might be best for Abram.

Verse 12 – While God commands us sometimes to reach out to people in the “Sodom” area, don’t forget the rest of your family may not be strong enough to resist the temptations that may go with where you are.  Abram stayed in Canaan.  The Bible says these people of Sodom were exceedingly wicked.

Verse 15 – This is where God tells Abram that as far as he can see is his forever and all of his descendents.

Verses 16-18 – The first thing Abram did was move to Hebron and build an alter and worship the Lord.  God was the center of his life.

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