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Lesson # Genesis 13:14-18
Study Material - Genesis 13:14-18
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, 'Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.' 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.
God, here confirms His promise to Abram regarding the gift of all the land as far as he could see, and in all directions. Later the land's boundaries will be defined from the Nile to the Euphrates rivers. So Abram was probably on a high elevation when he and Lot split up. Lot could see the valley of the Jordan river and its lush offerings. What Lot did not see, or chose not to see, were the thorn's of a wicked society down in that valley.
Now Abram could see a long way, but not clear to each of the respective rivers. So, Gods promises went beyond that which Abram could see. Sometimes we have to be separated from the distractions of the sin nature, or the distractions of those who avoid doctrine, before we can begin to get on track and see the realities of life. Notice that it was not Abram who left. So do not run away from your circumstances. It was Lot who left. God will remove the barriers from you, if you are indeed positive toward a Bible study, and actually demonstrate it by engaging in a daily study. Remember too, that you cannot fool God. You may be able to fool people with your faking a study program, but God looks inside your soul and sees the doctrine in there, or the lack of it.
The choices were made and Lot chose for the world, while Abram chose for God. Lot ran after his happiness and will lose everything. Abram, stood fast and watched God give him everything.
Abram went to Mamre, 'mamre', vigor, as one beating oneself when running to go faster. So Abram went there with no time to waste. Mamre is in Hebron, one of the more ancient cities. Hebron, 'chebhron', league, association, good company. There he found doctrine and blessing with others who were positive toward God. Hebron is south of Jerusalem, which at that time was known as Salem. By the way the King of Salem is Melchizedek as well as High Priest of God, Gen. 14:18.
Hebron has a lot of history. In the cave of Machpelah which is near there, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were buried.
Now Abram has made a definite decision regarding doctrine. Before he resided between Bethel and Ai, between the two philosophies and undecided. Bethel representing doctrine and Ai the opposite. Now Lot has made his choice and departed for the lush valley of the Jordan. Abraham, seeing the lush valley, but hearing Gods promise, makes a very quick decision for God, leaving behind the lushness of the valley, and looking forward to the promises of God.
Building his alter once he reached Hebron, further reinforces his strong attitude toward God. There he offered his prayers, and sacrifices in accordance with the practices long established since Noah, and before that, since Adam.
God offers promises beyond that of the ability of mankind to account for. No one can number the dust of the earth, nor can we number the stars of this universe. Yet God promises that the blessings He offers will far exceed our ability to imagine or even comprehend.
Some of this blessing will come during our life time. Of course much more will come in the next life. But we need not live here in misery when it is far better to live here on earth in prosperity and blessing and contentment, and in good company.
Abram raced to this new home site in Hebron. We too should race to our Bible study, with a renewed vigor, seeking to advance ourselves in our spiritual growth. This world has nothing to offer from its own resources, but God has everything to offer. Lot looked around and saw only a shortage of space - not enough for himself. Abram looked around and saw Gods abundance.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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