Genesis Chapter 13:
(1) And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
(2) And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
(3) 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;
(4) Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
(5) And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
(6) 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.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) 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.
(11) Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
(12) Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
(13) But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
(14) 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:
(15) For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
(16) 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.
(17) Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
(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.
Thought For This Chapter…
In this very familiar account of Abraham’s and Lot’s separation, we have a very important truth presented to us… the need to examine everything in this world with our spiritual eyes and not just our physical eyes…
(18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Our account tells us that “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.” (vs 10
…which resulted in Lot choosing to travel closer to Sodom. As we all know, this was the very beginnings of his sorrows.
On the other hand, Abraham, trusted the sovereignty of God to lead him through Lot’s choice. He trusted in the Lord for his protection and safety, and then traveled away from the lush plains of Jordan, taking him and his loved ones away from the sinful influences of Sodom.
What happened? Lot’s physical eyesight failed him while Abraham’s spiritual eyesight was the key to his success. Lot only looked at the plains of Jordan with physical eyes seeing their beauty and reacting to it. Abraham, trusting in God’s sovereignty, used his spiritual insight to see beyond the physical, fruitful fields and saw the corrupt sinful Sodom standing in the distance.
If only Adam and Eve had looked at the fruit of the tree with the same spiritual insight! If only Peter had used his spiritual insight to see the great opportunity of testimony he had placed before him when he denied our Lord three times! The Bible is replete with example after example of men making life decisions using their physical sight alone.
But folks, what about us? How many of us face life’s choices content with using our physical eyes to dictate our next move and determine the long-term goals of life. May we all be like the faithful men of Hebrews 11!….
(13) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
(14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
(15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
(16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.