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Lot: The Man Who Loved to Linger (2 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Lot was one of the most indecisive men mentioned in the Bible. He was seldom in a hurry and, except for one notable occasion, dragged his feet! When strife began to exist between his workers and those of Abraham, he could have tried to solve the problem-but did not. As the trouble increased, he could have sought Abram's assistance-but did not. When he became a resident of Sodom, his conscience troubled him, but he refused to leave. When the city was about to be destroyed, the angels told him to flee, but he hesitated until God's messengers enforced departure. Lot was instructed to flee to the mountain, but he argued and chose another city in which to live. He and his wife were informed not to look back, but his wife disobeyed and died. The man was always procrastinating. He believed there would be a tomorrow, so why rush today?
The Man Who Lost His Father ... Distressing
"Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees" (Gen. 11:27-28). The death of Haran possibly explains why the younger man became dependent upon his uncle, Abram. The ages of the two men remain unknown, but the Bible states Abram was seventy-five years of age when he left the city of Haran (see Gen. 12:4). Considering that people lived for great periods of time, he was, relatively speaking, a young man when he heard the call of God. Lot, the son of Abram's brother, would have been at least twenty to thirty years younger. His mother was never mentioned by the ancient writer, but if she were already dead, the orphaned son would instinctively welcome any affection shown by his nearest relative. The childless Abram and the parentless Lot were attracted to each other. One found a son; the other discovered fatherly affection of which he had been deprived.
Probably the young man became increasingly dependent upon Abram, and when his uncle announced his intention to leave Ur, Lot decided to accompany him. Abram supervised the affairs of his nephew and helped as the bereaved young man faced his future. Any separation at that time would have been unthinkable. "And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there" (Gen. 11:31).
The fact that Lot's possessions increased tremendously suggests the association with his uncle returned excellent dividends, but, unfortunately, success inflated his ego.
The Man Who Lost His Fellowship ... Dangerous
"And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle.... And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, betwe ...
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