“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. 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.” In other words, “Take what you want.” “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.” I can’t ever read this verse without remembering what one scholar has said, that it is the perfect picture of compromise: “Even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt.” “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.” Here is a perfect picture of sin. It never starts in one fell swoop. “He lifted up his eyes, and beheld it.” He chose it; he journeyed toward it; he pitched his tent and then he moved in, and you know the rest of the story. But Abram was left alone. He had lost what in the circumstance appeared to be the best: the plains to the east, the watered plains of Jordan in the Jordan rift.
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– May 24, 2015