LESSON 12 – Abram and Lot – Genesis 13

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LESSON 12 – Abram and Lot – Genesis 13

  1. Discussion
    • Read Gen. 13. Abram and his entourage go back to the Negev and then on to Bethel where he made another altar and sacrifice. Traces the return trip on your map.They were right back where they started from! There Abram finally called on the name of the Lord.   Were Abram and Lot rich? What problem did this cause? (Yes, they both had so many flocks and possessions that they could no longer exist in the same area. Too much land was needed for grazing. Many quarrels about this came about between their herdsmen.) How does Abram wisely decide to solve this problem? (They need to split up.) Abram asks which place Lot wants to go to and he (Abram) will take the other way.  What decision does Lot make and why? (He decides to go to the land of Jordan because it is well watered –like Egypt!) Did Lot keep his job as a nomad and herdsman? (No, Lot pitched his tent next to the wicked city of Sodom. This is going to create trouble for him in the near future.)
    • After they part what promise does God give Abram again – only in more detail? (vs. 14-17 – That all of the land that Abram could see in every direction would be given to his descendents. His family will become so numerous, it would be impossible for a person to count them. The land would be theirs forever. He asked Abram to explore the land.) Abram then went to Hebron. Find this place on your map. What did Abram do there? He built another altar to the Lord.
  2. Application – Why did you think Abram gave Lot the first choice of where to live? (Possible answers: Abram was generous and unselfish and wanted to honor his nephew by giving him first choice.  He wanted to make peace with his relative and be able to part in harmony with one another.) Abram’s generosity was lost on Lot as he quickly chose what looked “best” on the outside – in fact to Lot it probably looked much like Egypt. He didn’t ask for Abram’s guidance or help in choosing. The Bible reads, “He chose for himself.” He certainly did. The text tells us that Lot didn’t just graze his animals in the new area, but he pitched his tent by Sodom, one of the most wicked cities the world has ever seen.  (If you have older children, you should ask them if they know how evil Sodom was. This will be covered in detail in a future lesson.) What happens when we choose to be around those people who do not honor God and live for themselves? (We become affected and start to be like them rather than following Jesus.) Lot, we will see, motivated by selfishness will walk away from a close walk with God. Because of the arguments, he will no longer have the counsel and guidance of his uncle, Abram, who was chosen by God. On the other hand, Abram is walking with God, not looking out for his own interests, but rather choosing to be obedient and let God take care of his needs. It seems that Abram is beginning to trust in the Lord. Ask your children what kind of friends they are choosing. Are they choosing friends that will help them grow in their relationship with God? Or are they being torn away from Him by the influence of friends that don’t love the Lord? This is a good time to talk about what makes a good friend, or even a best friend.  If your child doesn’t have a good friend that follows the Lord, pray together that your child will become that good friend to the others around him/her. End by reading Phil. 2:2-4.
  3. Digging Deeper
    1. You have been chosen to draw the story board for a new children’s Bible for the story of Abram and Lot. Draw at least a four frame cartoon which tells the story. The last frame should include the application of the story. OR you could draw 4 coloring page pictures that tell the story.  In either format write what you think children need to know and apply to their lives from this story in Gen. 13.
    2. Lot is called a “second hand” Christian. Are you one as well? As long as there are others there that want to follow God, you’re on board. But when you are alone or with your unsaved friends, your actions and attitudes are quite different.  How can you change and become the man or woman of God you should? If this sounds like you, tell about your struggles. Then write out a prayer to God for help in combating this problem. End with at least two verses that can encourage you to stand up for what is right no matter who is around.