Coachlight Bible Study – Genesis Lesson XXVIIb

Passing The Test – Genesis 13:2-18 – Intro To Abraham II


Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. {affection: or, mind, Remember the word is phroneo}

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.


Hebrews 11: 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Hebrews 11: 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

Hebrews 11: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.


This study is about another trial in Abraham’s life, separation. Another word for separation is sanctification. God teaches His children who believe His Word new lessons at every footstep. The Bible teaches us that Lot was a righteous man, but vexed with the filthy lifestyle of the city in which he choose to live.  This study demonstrates to us that God is able to deliver the godly and judge the unjust:


II Peter 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

II Peter 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

II Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:


Now we can gain a deeper insight into the reality of Abram's life, as well as more revelation of God's will concerning him.  The study of two different righteous men can help us today to choose the correct mindset and have a more personal relationship with God, and be able to see ahead to the full promise of God..


A. A Serious Problem – (Verse 2-6) - Abram and Lot were rich. This is the first mention of riches in the Bible, and we see a situation of wealth in the believer's life.


Genesis 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Genesis 13:3 And 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;

Genesis 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

Genesis 13:6 And 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.

Genesis 13:7 And 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.

Genesis 13:8 And 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. Genesis 13:9 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.


1. Scripture teaches that there is no sin in being wealthy, provided:

a. The riches have been honorably obtained

b. Are regarded as belonging to God

c. Are constantly used as in the sight of God.

2. Wealth seriously increases the responsibility of the believer

a. His riches can lead to a sinful lifestyle

b. If they are looked upon with a sense of ownership

c. They need to be looked upon with a sense of stewardship

3. Definitely here is the danger of believers striving over money

B. A Terrible Strife – (Verses 6-7) - The argument originated with the servants

1. Each probably looking for the best pasture.

2. The Canaanites probably heard the strife.

C. A Generous Proposal – (Verses 8-9) Abram takes the initiative.

1. Begs there be no strife

2. Even though Abram is the senior, he gives Lot first choice.

3. Abram recovered beautifully from his fall in Egypt.


 II Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive......


D. A Selfish Choice - (Verses 10-13) - Lot, of course, took advantage of Abram's generous offer, and after seeing that the plain of Jordan was well watered everywhere, he took that region for himself. 

1. Material gain was all that Lot considered.

2. The Consequence - He got richer, but as he pitched toward Sodom, he suffered morally.

3. Some examples of the same thing today:

a. Christian people today often choose their home for monetary purposes, with no regard for ministry, Christian education, etc. - many times the kids suffer spiritually.

b. Children are often sent to school because of its prestige, reputation, sports capabilities, regardless of the spiritual atmosphere. 

4. Lot paid dearly for this decision - Notice how rich he was as he left Sodom:


Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said,

Escape for thy life;...... 


Genesis 13:14 And 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:

Genesis 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

Genesis 13:16 And 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.

Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.


E. A Divine Revelation - (Verses 14-17) - "After that Lot was separated from him." - Abram was now alone. 

1. Abram probably began to wonder if he had made the right decision, or if his offer to Lot was out of lack of assertion of rights.  

2. Often there is temptation like this after a great moral decision has been made

3. Just at the right time, God came to Abram with a fuller revelation of His divine purpose. It consisted of three aspects: 

a. Command to Look - Lot had "Lifted up his eyes", and now with emphasis, God says to Abram, "Lift up now thine eyes." - Abram's experience was much greater because it had the Word of God behind it.

b. Promise given - (Verses 15-16) - This is the first time God gave the land to Abram - before it had only been promised to his seed.


This has many implications - It is already having its primary fulfillment in the Church of Christ as Abraham's spiritual seed - In Galatians we read:


Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.....

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.


 There will be a literal fulfillment in the future Millennium to the Jewish Nation. - (Abraham's Seed)

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Romans 11:27 For this [is] my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, [they are] enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, [they are] beloved for the fathers' sakes.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God [are] without repentance. 


c. Possess the Promise - (Verse. 17) - Abram was to walk through the land - The Promises of God are to be taken by faith - This is the way a person realizes the purpose of God in his personal experience.  

F. A Quick Response - (Verse 18) - Immediately Abram responded to God.

 1. Abram moved to Mamre which is in Hebron - Hebron means fellowship. He had fellowship with God.

 2. Abram built there an altar - Abram's tent and altar indicate the pilgrim and devout life of the true child of God. – (Romans 12:1-2 for the application)

G. Differences in Believers - Except for II Peter 2:7-8, we would hardly credit Lot with any heavenly mindset at all.


Lot - Type of the Believer with a Worldly Mindset

Abram - Type of the Believer with a Heavenly Mindset

Endeavoring to be in good standing with God, while pushing his own earthly interests to the limit - letting part of his life suffer

A thankful spirit – Sacrifices to God

Although 'righteous' he is yet living by sight. - seeking his own advantage.

Simple acceptance of God's promises by faith.

Worldliness is his dominant mindset - seeking pleasure - Shortsighted

Whole-hearted mindset to God's will – Able to realize the full scope of God’s Word

No Testimony either to his family, friends, or to others.

Testimony in the altar of worship to unbelievers all around.


Results Each Obtained



Obtained earthly prosperity for a time, but was he ever happy after making that choice?

God became a friend to him.

No Testimony, no blessing on his house.

A glory and power in his life, and it is a known fact that he never regretted putting God first - ever.

In the end came a moral  and social disaster

Obtained God's divine favor and blessing


We must remember God's admonition in the book of I Corinthians:

 I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

I Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.