is the first account of a trilogy of Abram/Lot stories.
13:2-18 Abram gives Lot the good land
14:1-24 Abram delivers Lot from captivity
18:16-19 Abram delivers Lot from destruction
character is passive and shallow. He
makes bad decisions that become worse.
This is because Lot:
- Has lack of vision of
the big picture, or the God’s goal for his life. Lot
can’t see the forest because he is starring at the trees.
- Is distracted by the
glitter and glamour of the temporal world.
Lot does not realize that
everything that glitters is not gold.
- Does not have the
foresight to see disaster or judgment coming. Lot
keeps jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
has all of these:
- A vision for his
- Priorities that guide
him past the temporal glories
- The ability to avert
disasters before they over take him
is an example of a politician. A
politician makes policy based on popularity and what’s best for the moment
is an example of a statesman. A
statesman bases their decisions on a vision of the future and policies are
based in foresight of future advantages.
is important to Abram because Lot is the heir
of Terah’s lineage.
had three sons:
- Abram who is
- Nahor who stayed in Chaldea
- Haran who had the only grandson – Lot
Abram and Lot separated Lot was Abram’s
Lot Abram’s heir will be Eliezer of Damascus.
Abram has his son Ishmael then Ishmael becomes Abram’s heir.
God’s plan is for Abram to have the promised son through Sarah, Isaac.
disqualifies himself from the promised land just like
Ishmael and Esau will
will choose to go east like Adam and Eve, Cain, and the people who settled Babel.
Lot and Abram will lift up their eyes to see.
will look up to see with human view point and take the best land now.
will look up to see with divine view point and trust God’s promises
retraces his steps to get back in fellowship with God after his errors during
desires to recover with God.
returns to the place of worship between Bethel
altar is still there which signifies the permanence of God’s promises
renewed faith is demonstrated or seen in these:
- Retraced steps to get
back to where he last heard from God
- Renewed the altar to
restore fellowship with God
- Abram then sends Lot away
- Abram is generous to Lot and gives him the first choice.
- Abram can accept
second best because with God’s blessing it will become the best
- Abram has faith in God’s
- Lot “quarrels”; Abram “resolves”
- Abram calls them
“brothers” and offers a peaceful solution when he could have had a war
“rib” is Hebrew for “quarreling”. It eventually refers to a legal conflict in
the Hebrew language. Here it indicates
the ingratitude of Lot. Lot is
blessed by being with Abram. But Lot will lose his possessions, his good land is destroyed
and he will end up in a cave.
words in these verses as the words of chapter 3 (Eve and tree) and chapter 6
(sons of God and daughters of men): saw, watered, garden, destroyed, chose,
- the well watered land which is consumed with fire.
- the herdsmen who
quarreled will soon be unemployed and then destroyed
- the wealth he had
while with Abram
lived among the cities. Abram lived in
Sodom and Gomorrah were part of the Pentapolis, or the five cities of the plain: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, Zoar (Gn. 14:2)