v1 Abram went up from Egypt, with his wife and everything he had along and Lot with him to the South
- Trying to escape the famine
v2 Abram was very rich in livestock, silver and gold
v3-v4 he went on this journey to the South, to Bethel, to the place where he had his tent before between Bethel and Ai to the place of the alter where he called on the name of the Lord
- return to God
v5 Lot went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
v6 The land was not able to support them that they might dwell together for their possessions were so great they could not dwell together
v7 there was strife between the herdsman of Abram and the herdsman of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites then dwelt in the land
v8 – v9 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me for we are brethren? Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. if you take the left I will go right; if you go to the right I will got to the left.”
- they were family but there was conflict between them
- Lot has first choice
- Abram was being humble
v10-v11 Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plains of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before Sodom and Gomorrah)like the garden of the Lord,like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. Lot chose all the plain of Jordan and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
v12-13 Abram dwelt in the land off Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. the people of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord
- the were living in the world
v14-16 Lord said to Abram, after Lot left. “lift your eyes and now look from the place you are_north, south, east, west; for all that you see I give it to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust; if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.