Genesis chapter 13 is a pivotal moment in the story of Abraham and Lot, highlighting their separation and the blessings that follow.
The Journey to the Land
“Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South.“
After their time in Egypt, Abram, his wife Sarai, and Lot returned to the land promised by God.
Strife among the Herdsmen
“Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.”
As both Abram and Lot grew prosperous, conflicts arose among their herdsmen due to the limited resources available.
Abram’s Selfless Decision
“So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”“
In a display of humility and wisdom, Abram offered Lot the opportunity to choose his portion of the land first.
Lot’s Choice and Its Consequences
“And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
Lot, driven by his desire for fertile land, chose the well-watered plain of Jordan, which eventually led him towards Sodom and Gomorrah.
God’s Promise to Abram
“And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.”“
God reaffirmed His promise to Abram, assuring him that the entire land was to be his and his descendants’.
Genesis chapter 13 demonstrates Abram’s selflessness, the consequences of Lot’s choices, and God’s faithful fulfillment of His promises. Through reading the New King James Version, we gain a deeper understanding of this significant chapter in biblical history.