I have to take a moment to apologize to the readers I have missed a few days. I am actually 3 days behind on the reading. For me this has been one of the greatest battles that I have had personally and that is a battle to develop a consistency to seek my relationship with Jesus / God.
If your like me sometimes because we fall out of consistency its easy to think to myself, whats wrong with me? How come I cannot seem to stay consistent? And more times than we even want to admit we can start to think to ourselves we are not good enough for Gods good grace.
All these doubts and beliefs rise from one thing “Satan”! These are not truths that God intended for us and its important to always realize as Casting Crowns sings “The voice of truth tells me a different story, the voice of truth say’s do not be afraid, the voice of truth say’s this is for my glory”
I highlight that because when we have doubts and disbelief flood into our heads and hearts we need to realize this is not God’s voice but that of the great deceiver.
I want you to say “I am good enough for God’s grace, I am enough!!”
Lets begin with today’s reading:
One thing that stood out to me was Lot one of Abram’s closest relatives was traveling together and both of them were wealthy with Livestock and more.. however due to the size of their livestock and such the Herders began to fight among each other. Here is where Abram suggested Lot separate and go different directions so the Land would provide more resources.
If any of you watched “The Bible” series you would find among this alone how biblically inaccurate the depiction of this moment in time was. They had shown that the wife of Lot was the one trying to get in Lot’s head and convince him to no longer follow Abram. It literally made Lot’s wife look like a villain. This is not what the Bible indicates at all. Lets clear this up with Scripture:
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 Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. 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.”
it was Abram that suggested they go different directions not the other way around.
It was a dangerous move on Lot’s part because he pitched his tent right outside of Sodom which was an incredibly wicked city.
14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
Abram being a faithful servant of God was promised great land and a massive kingdom of his lineage that would come from him. God discussed with Abram that his offspring would be equal to that of the amount of dust on the earth which if you think about that today there are over 7+ billion people on the earth.. quite the offspring if you think about it.
The First Tithe:
If any of you have been to a church you know they about tithe’s and offerings. Back in the day an offering often was an animal sacrificed on an altar however Abram after saving Lot after Lot being captured gave 10% of everything he had.
17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
I think that sets a wonderful precedence to ponder because Abram was an incredibly faithful and dedicated man to his faith in God. He gave 10% of everything he had for God’s kingdom.
The Lord’s Covenant With Abram
Abram was pondering how this Kingdom that God has told him would be filled with his offspring would come to exist if he had no heirs to pass it along to. Abram thought he was going to have to pass it along to a servant of his because he had no bloodline of his own. However God “The Word” told him otherwise.
3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[g] be.”
Once again God commits to Abram that his offspring will be massive in size and that he would have a son who was his own flesh and blood not a servant to inherit the land.
God’s covenant with Abram:
12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking fire-pot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[h] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites,Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
This whole entire chapter from verse 12 through 20 is super important to study and to really think about because later in the Word which I am not going to dive into yet discusses everything written above. The above was literally a prophecy of what was to come in the future and when Abram’s decedent’s would inherit the land in which God made a covenant with Abram about.