Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Genesis 13

The Promised Land...

Genesis Chapter 13

1And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2And Abram [was] very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
"Cheaters never prosper," unless God loves them.
3And 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;
4Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Back to the promised land.
5And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6And 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.
7And 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.
8And 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.
10And 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.

How anticlimatic!  Now we know that he destroys Sodom and Gomorrah...jeesh. 
11Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched [his] tent toward Sodom.
13But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Was the Lord even talking to them?  It seems he likes to keep it to one person at a time.
14And 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:
15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

And yet, he forgot the deed.
16And 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.
17Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18Then 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.

So Abraham is not preaching, just supposedly being spoken to.  He isn't spreading the love of God, there is no bible, nothing.  Why is he favored?  So far he seems pretty worthless.  He is a pretty underwhelming man to have for the base of 3 religions.

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