Day 13 – Genesis 13

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V. 1-4 In 12:10 Abram had gone "down" into Egypt. Here he went "up" to his altar. The complete restoration of Abram. Psa. 23:33He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (Psalm 23:3) God restores us, otherwise we would just drift along. There was no altar (no worship of God) while he was in Egypt!
V. 5-13 Increased wealth which he had received in Egypt causes more trouble. This time with his nephew Lot. We see a nice contrast however, between Abram, the man who walked by faith, and Lot who walked by sight. Abram was as generous as Lot was greedy. Lot was guided by his eyes, and what a disaster this brought on him, for he went to live in Sodom. Lot's steps down are gradual, but steady. Verse 10 "lifted up his eyes and beheld". Verse 11 chose him all the plain of Jordan. Verse 12, he dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom 14:12, he dwelt in Sodom, 19:1 he sat in the gate (place of authority) of Sodom. We shall read later of the result of this downward course.
V. 14-18 How different were the results for Abram! What a glorious and lasting inheritance was his! Putting God first, he was blessed richly by God. May we put God first, and enjoy our blessings! We had noticed in verse 10 that Lot used his eyes to make his selection. But in verse 14, God was going to reward Abram for waiting on Him, and He tells Abram to use his eyes to see what God was going to give him. Read Isa. 64:44For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (Isaiah 64:4).