Genesis Chapter 13 – Abram and Lot – The issue between herdsmen
In Genesis chapter 13, Abram and Lot had to decide how they were going to part ways. Abram decides to have the land of Canaan while Lot parted to the lands east of Canaan in the Plain. Abram and Lot seemed to have issues with how they were going to decide on which lands to part to since they both had large groups of cattle. This was all due to the quarreling among the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. Chapter 13 states that וַֽיְהִי־רִ֗יב בֵּ֚ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵֽה־אַבְרָ֔ם וּבֵ֖ין רֹעֵ֣י מִקְנֵה־ל֑וֹט וְהַֽכְּנַעֲנִי֙ וְהַפְּרִזִּ֔י אָ֖ז יֹשֵׁ֥ב בָּאָֽרֶץ׃—The Canaanites and Perizzites were then dwelling in the land.— Thus, Abram makes the proposal to go separate ways in that he says to Lot that since there is an issue between the herdsmen, let them depart and go to wherever they decide to go…and Lot agreed. Additionally, Abram makes an altar for the LORD in that chapter.
What an interesting story from Genesis this one is. Obviously, day to day work seems to be stirred with many different peoples ideas of what is best for everyone else. In addition the LORD speaks up to Abram and says words that hopefully are good but based upon what your interpretation of the verse as good would mean. So if a calf spoke then hopefully the calf would say that the calf is grazing and eating much grasses. In the case of Abram, Abram was blessed with so much possessions that one could either say it was all luck or that Abram really worked for so many possessions. Take for instance the people with billionaire money. Was it luck to produce something that got them billions or was it pure work? In the case of Abram, all you know is that Abram was either a guy or man who had a lot of silver and possessions and who was inundated with cattle. Obviously the LORD was on the side of Abram when he spoke of the decree to make Abram’s descendants numerous.
In that chapter of Genesis, the LORD spoke up to Abram in order to let him know that Abram would hopefully have numerous descendants. Since Abram possessed so much cattle and silver, is it any wonder what the LORD was saying to Abram? If the LORD had controversy with the splitting of ways between Abram and Lot then it might have been told to Abram. For instance, LORD knowingly could have said band together with Lot and become one people. Instead, the scenario was that since herdsmen of cattle had controversy, Lot took his possessions to the Plain while Abram possessed Canaan. An idea in chapter 13 is that it portrayed Abram as a very blessed guy who had numerous possessions. It was by the LORD who spoke up to let him be aware that the LORD had in mind to fulfill a promise to make Abram’s descendants numerous. Chapter 13 also provides you with an overarching portrayal of controversies between groups.
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