Genesis 13 – 14

Genesis 13

Lot traveled with Abram from Haran into Canaan and then into Egypt

Genesis 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 [Negev near Sodom].

Abram was rich and became richer from Pharaoh’s gifts.

13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Abram returns to Bethel [The House of God] and called on God; this may have been in repentance for his sin in Egypt.

13:3 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; 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

By this time Abram and Lot had so many cattle and sheep that there was not enough grazing land.

13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 13:6 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.

The herdsmen began to fight over the grass and water.

13:7 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. 13:8 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.

Abram then offers Lot whatever he wants and he will take the other half.  Abram was meek before God and his nephew, trusting in God to work everything out. Contrast this with the  today’s spiritual Ekklesia.

13:9 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.

Lot, chose the rich grasslands east of the Jordan River; which were later to become desert, beginning with Sodom, because of the sins of the inhabitants.

13:10 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. 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

Lot took the land east of Jordan and Abram was left with the land of the Canaanites west of Jordan.  This was actually according to the Promise of God; because God had promised that the descendants of Abram would have the land of Canaan, fulfilling the curse of Noah on Canaan.

13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

A  lot of non Biblical speculation has been used to try to prove British Israel teachings; This has brought much discredit on British Israel doctrine because very many of the “proofs” used were actually false and have collapsed under modern investigation. As for me I am going to stand on the word and promises of God.  See our studies on the subject.

Remembering that it is through Isaac that the promise would be fulfilled (Gen 17:21); highlighted below is a promise of God that has also been fulfilled.

13:14 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: 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 13:16 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.

Abram is then told to walk about and see the good land that God had given his descendants through Isaac; and as if that were not enough, God gave him tens of millions of descendants through Ishmael and through Keturah and through many other wives and concubines.

The day will come when our Deliverer will come and resolve all of our differences and bring peace between the descendants of Abraham, and between all of humanity.

As we see the sorrow and slaughter of the past and of today; let us be zealous to learn and to keep the only way to peace; and let us long for the day that Christ will come to bring peace to the earth.

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. 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.

 

Genesis 14

It came about that there was war east of Jordan between certain kings

Genesis 14:1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar [Mesopotamia], Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; 14:2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

The people southeast of Jordan served these other kings from Mesopotamnia for twelve years and then decided to rebel in the thirteenth year.

14:3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

Then in the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer commanding the armies of all these northeastern kings came to put down the rebellion and punish the rebels.

14:5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness. 14:7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.

Sodom where Lot lived, also went out to fight and was defeated.

14:8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; 14:9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five. 14:10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits [deposits of pitch, asphalt, IE tar pits]; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

These armies of retribution took all the spoil including Lot and all his possessions.

14:11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Now this Abram was filled with concern for his nephew and went out to deliver his nephew.

14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

Abram defeated these kings and chased them to the border of Damascus.

14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 14:15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.

Melchizedek

14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem [the spirit High Priest of God the Father who later gave up his Godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ] brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Melchizedek blesses Abram by God the Father; showing that Melchizedek was the High Priest and Intercessor between man and God the Father in heaven.

14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him tithes of all.

This is the first place that tithes are mentioned in the Bible, and here Abram gives this Melchizedek tithes of the spoil of battle; showing that while Israel is specifically commanded to tithe on agriculture [because they were an agricultural people] God the Father is entitled to a tithe of ALL, because he is ultimately the sustainer of ALL things. Who gave us the wisdom and skill to make war or to make clothes or cars?  Tithing acknowledges God the Father as ALL in all; the fountain of all knowledge and wisdom!

14:21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

The king of Sodom asks only for the people to be returned and Abram gave everything back to him, for Abram went to battle to rescue the captives and not to take spoil to enrich himself.  This is a powerful message for us that we are not to seek our own advantage at the expense of others; we are to seek the good of all.

14:22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 14:23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 14:24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

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