Genesis 13 (ESV)
So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb. 2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. 5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, 6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together, 7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land. 8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) . . . Continue Reading
It’s good to see Abram return to Bethel “to the place where he had made an altar.” Abram, although very rich still has need but for something wealth cannot buy and calls on “the name of the Lord” once again (Genesis 13:2-4). It’s interesting that he didn’t return to the altar but to “the place” where he made it.
John Gill writes, “It seems now to have been demolished, either having fallen of itself, being made of earth, or had been destroyed by the Canaanites, since Abram left it; or perhaps it might be pulled down by Abram himself before he went from thence, that it might not be used and polluted by the idolatrous Canaanites.”
(John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/genesis-13-4.html)
Now Abram is right back where he started. In some ways, he is more wealthy because of what he “gained” from Pharaoh but in others ways, not so much. God would have provided for his needs in Canaan but he had more faith in his decision to manipulate and deceive Pharaoh than to trust God to provide for him.
I’m thankful to God that He restores us when we disobey make decisions out of fear or a lack of faith. Abram’s trust in and focus on himself not only led to him sinning, but it caused others to sin. He had more confidence in himself than in God who told him repeatedly in the last chapter, “I WILL” show you the land where you are to go, make of you a great nation, bless you and make your name great, bless those who bless you and curse him who dishonor you.
Father, help me to remember Your ways in all I do. Lead me and guide me when I get off track, when I am fearful and when I lack faith and trust in You. Make my paths straight for Your glory. Amen.
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,