Abraham Part 4


A study

Part 4

Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. (Rom.13: 14)

In the later part of Gen.13 we find

  1. God’s blessings in the life of Abraham after his separation from Lot. We also see here
  2. further steps of backsliding in the life of Lot.

(1) God’s blessings in the life of Abraham after his separation from Lot.

Firstly, the spiritually minded believer cannot coexist with the carnally minded believer. So, when Abraham separated from Lot, God renewed His promises to bless him. If we desire God’s presence and the fullness of His blessings in our life, we must keep away from the carnal and walk with the spiritual people.

Secondly, since Abraham did not have any children he would have had a special affection toward his nephew, Lot. He would have desired to have Lot as his heir to inherit the promises of God. But when we want to fully obey God and be found in the centre of God’s blessings, we may have to pay a great cost. Sometimes we may have to part with even certain people who are very dear to our heart. The Lord Jesus Christ said “every one that has left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life.” (Matt.19: 29) So when Abraham peaceably and willingly separated from Lot, God appeared to him and promised to give the whole land to him, and also promised to increase his seed as great in number as the dust of the earth. (Gen.13: 14-17)

(2) Further steps of backsliding in the life of Lot.

The FIRST step of backsliding in the life of Lot was his separation from Abraham. We saw this in Part 3 of this study.

The SECOND step of backsliding of Lot is choosing the plains of Jordan by looking at the outward appearance. (Gen.13: 10,11) It was well watered, even as the garden of Eden. But inside those cities were men who were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly. (Gen.13: 13) We should not make any decision in our life based on outward appearances, fleshly attractions, worldly advantages, etc. There is a way, which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Prov.14: 12, 16: 25) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2Cor.11: 13,14) Everything in our life should be according to the will of God. We must avoid all those things, which are not pleasing to our Lord. We should make all decisions in our personal, family and church life only after much study of the Word of God, prayer and patient waiting upon the feet of the Lord.

The THIRD step of backsliding of Lot was that he pitched his tent toward Sodom, Gen.13: 12 (near Sodom). It appears as if Lot knew the wickedness of the men of Sodom and the dangers of living in the midst of them. His business interests would have compelled him to live very near the city of Sodom. Blinded by his vehement desire for the monetary benefits he overlooked the spiritual dangers of living near such a city. Later on we find that he was not only drawn in, but also entangled in the affairs of the city. We should be like Joseph who kept away and fled from the woman who enticed him. (Gen.39: 12) The Word of God counsels us make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. (Rom.13: 14) Flee from the love of money, (1Tim.6: 11) flee youthful lusts (2Tim.2: 22)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. (Psa.1: 1)

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