In Genesis Chapter 12 we learned God has a special land just for Abram and his people. Abram lies to the Pharaoh of Egypt about Sarai being his sister (Sarai is Abram’s wife). The Pharaoh takes Sarai as his wife, but God chooses to punish the Pharaoh instead of Abram. The Pharaoh then sends Abram out of Egypt.
Abram and Lot (Abram’s nephew) are traveling together and both are rich.
“But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.” – Genesis 13:6
Abram and Lot make the decision to split up.
“Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” – Genesis 13:9
So the two part ways and move to their new respective lands.
“Abram lived in the land of the Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” – Genesis 13:12-13
To rephrase this, Lot made a poor decision by moving near Sodom. The wickedness of Sodom is a dangerous temptation to Lot. God now speaks to Abram.
“All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” – Genesis 13:15
Although it is not stated here, we’ll later learn this land is occupied by others. God will guide Abram in very deadly warfare. My question is why God chooses this route? If God is perfect, He can clearly see there are many other, less deadly, more perfect ways to deliver Abram to this land. For starters, create an empty land for Abram to go to. Or better yet, just place Abram there at the moment of creation. If God knows all, He could easily do it.
There’s not much else to say regarding this chapter. It’s basically setting up a more interesting story that begins in Chapter 14.
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 14: Abram Rescues Lot