Genesis 13: Abram and Lot Part Ways; Yahweh Blesses Abram

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I. Summary

Abram and Lot become wealthy herdsmen in Canaan, which leads to strife. Lot moves to Sodom and Abram moves to Hebron, where Yahweh blesses him with land and offspring.

II. Photo

Abram and Lot gain wealth: “Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them staying together; for their possessions were so great that they could not remain together. ” (v. 6)

III. Select Verses

2-4: Now Abram was very rich in cattle, silver, and gold. And he proceeded by stages from the Negeb as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been formerly, between Bethel and Ai, the site of the altar that he had built there at first; and there Abram invoked the LORD by name.

10-11: Lot looked about him and saw how well watered was the whole plain of the Jordan, all of it — this was before the LORD had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah — all the way to Zoar, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they parted from each other

14-17: And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had parted from him, “Raise your eyes and look out from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west, for I give all the land that you see to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring too can be counted. Up, walk about the land, through its length and its breadth, for I give it to you.”

IV. Outline

1. Abram returns to the Negeb in Canaan

2. Abram’s wealth

3-4. Abram returns to his altar near Bethel and uses the name “Yahweh”

5-7. Strife between Abram and Lot

8-9. Abram offers to separate

10-13. Lot chooses to go east to the Jordan valley near Sodom; Abram remains

14-17. Yahweh blesses Abram with land and offspring

18. Abram moves to Hebron and builds an altar

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