Genesis 13: Separation of Abram and Lot

Why would Abram leave for a land that he had left because of famine?

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Genesis 13:1–4 So Abram, Sarai, and Lot left Egypt with all their possessions and returned to southern Canaan. Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.
From the south, he went to where they had camped before, between Bethel and Ai, the place where Abram had built an altar. There, he worshiped the Lord.
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Genesis 13:1–4 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 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; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

What was the substance of Abram’s worship east of Bethel?

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Genesis 13:1–4 So Abram, Sarai, and Lot left Egypt with all their possessions and returned to southern Canaan. Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.
From the south, he went to where they had camped before, between Bethel and Ai, the place where Abram had built an altar. There, he worshiped the Lord.
King James
Genesis 13:1–4 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 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; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Compared to Abram, how significant were Lot’s possessions?

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Genesis 13:5–7 Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had his own sheep, cattle, and tents. The pastureland was insufficient to sustain all their possessions and allow Abram and Lot to stay together.
A fight broke out between Abram’s shepherds and Lot’s shepherds. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land.
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Genesis 13:5–7 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 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. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

With all the open land, why do you think Abram and Lot hadn’t separated earlier?

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Genesis 13:7–9 A fight broke out between Abram’s shepherds and Lot’s shepherds. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land.
Abram said to Lot, “Let’s have no strife between us or our shepherds, for we are family. Look at all the open land before us. Let’s separate. If you want the land to the left, I will go right. If you want the right, then I will go left.”
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Genesis 13:7–9 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. 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. 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.

Could Lot have made a better choice of land? Why?

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Genesis 13:10–12 Lot saw the well-watered plains along the Jordan River all the way to Zoar as lush as Egypt or the garden of the Lord. God had not yet destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot chose the Jordan plains to the east, and they separated, Abram going west.
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the plain, his tent pitched near Sodom.
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Genesis 13:10–12 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. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

With no Law, how could Sodom be viewed as wicked?

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Genesis 13:13 The people of Sodom were wicked, extremely sinful in the Lord’s eyes.
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Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

If others were already living in the land, how could God give it to Abram?

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Genesis 13:14–15 After Abram and Lot separated, the Lord said to Abram, “From where you stand, look to the north, south, east, and west. As far as you can see, I will give this land to you and your child forever.
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Genesis 13:14–15 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: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Having no child, how did Abram view God’s promise to him and his child forever?

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Genesis 13:14–16 After Abram and Lot separated, the Lord said to Abram, “From where you stand, look to the north, south, east, and west. As far as you can see, I will give this land to you and your child forever. I will make your descendants as numerous as the dust on the earth. Counting them will be as difficult as counting specks of dust.
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Genesis 13:14–16 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: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 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.

Why was it important for Abram to walk through the land?

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Genesis 13:17 Get up and walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it all to you.
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Genesis 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.

Why did Abram build an altar to the Lord in Hebron?

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Genesis 13:18 So Abram moved his tent to Hebron by Mamre’s oaks and built an altar to the Lord there.
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Genesis 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.