Spiritual Vision-Genesis 13:3-13

Genesis 13:3-13 “From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between that time. 8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” 10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Genesi 13:3-13 “E continuò il suo viaggio dal meridione fino a Betel, al luogo dove da principio era stata la sua tenda, fra Betel e Ai, 4 al luogo dov’era l’altare che egli aveva fatto prima; e lì Abramo invocò il nome del Signore. 5 Ora Lot, che viaggiava con Abramo, aveva anch’egli pecore, buoi e tende. 6 Il paese non era sufficiente perché essi potessero abitarvi insieme, poiché il loro bestiame era numeroso ed essi non potevano stare insieme. 7 Scoppiò una lite fra i pastori del bestiame di Abramo e i pastori del bestiame di Lot. I Cananei e i Ferezei abitavano a quel tempo nel paese. 8 Allora Abramo disse a Lot: «Ti prego, non ci sia discordia tra me e te, né tra i miei pastori e i tuoi pastori, perché siamo fratelli! 9 Tutto il paese non sta forse davanti a te? Ti prego, sepàrati da me! Se tu vai a sinistra, io andrò a destra; se tu vai a destra, io andrò a sinistra». 10 Lot alzò gli occhi e vide l’intera pianura del Giordano. Prima che il Signore avesse distrutto Sodoma e Gomorra, essa era tutta irrigata fino a Soar, come il giardino del Signore, come il paese d’Egitto. 11 Lot scelse per sé tutta la pianura del Giordano e partì andando verso oriente. Così si separarono l’uno dall’altro. 12 Abramo si stabilì nel paese di Canaan, Lot abitò nelle città della pianura e andò piantando le sue tende fino a Sodoma. 13 Gli abitanti di Sodoma erano perversi e grandi peccatori contro il Signore.”
 
     Abram now returns to this area before he migrates to Egypt. Because of the wealth he obtained in Egypt, he now arrives with an entourage including his nephew and his family. This was the land that God had promised and in worship he builds an altar. There is no indication in the Bible that Lot ever participated in any worship like that of Abram. Because of the large number of both family members, servants and livestock, the resources of the land could not sustain them both. Therefore, faced with a decision of survival and a growing tension between Lot and Abram’s family, Abram initiates the plan to separate so they both could survive. These were his relatives and the relationship and future of the family was worth saving.
      Even though the land was promised to Abram, he gives Lot first choice to choose where he wanted to live. Lot surveys the land with his eyes and without consideration for his uncle, decides to take what clearly seems like the best choice. Abram had faith that God would provide for him no matter what the terrain was like.
     Lot doesn’t seem to have a spiritual core; he makes his decision based on satisfying himself by what he saw, how he could promote himself (he still possessed a quarreling spirit) and lack of concern for his uncle by whose connection he had become wealthy. Abram didn’t look at how things seemed to be from a temporal standpoint but upon God who brought him back to the land that was promised to him. God’s promise provided a greater spiritual vision than natural vision of the terrain.
Pray with me:  Lord, many times I have depended on my own desires to carry me in my decisions. Help me to remember that my spiritual vision is not based on what I see, but on how You see it.


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