by Jerry Branch

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Abram to the Rescue (5 of 11)
Friend of God
Genesis 14

Have you ever gone somewhere where you thought you'd have a great time, or that you'd really enjoy, but instead you got into trouble
because of people there got into trouble and you did also just because
you were there...that's called, ‘guilt by association?'
That's what happened to Lot.
Remember, Abram gave Lot the first choice of the land
upon which to settle when they had to split up
because they had gotten so large with all their herds and possessions...
and there were disputes over the land breaking out?
And Lot took one look at the fertile rich plains and chose them...
the plain that was situated by city-state of Sodom.
The land looked good, but Lot would find out shortly
he was going to have hardships
and then he is about to be captured by enemy kings
just because he had settled there next to Sodom.
That in itself gives us a ‘lesson from the Bible.'
So, we can even learn something from Lot here,
even though we've been looking at Abram, the ‘friend of God.'
Look with me at verses 11-12, chapter 14.
Here we read,
""The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom." (Genesis 14:11-12, NIV)
It appears from this...that Lot had chosen recently to actually
move into the city and out away from his herds...
he was the ‘big rancher man' living in the town...
maybe he did so in order to be much closer to the luxuries
of life in the big city,
even though Sodom was one of the ‘sin-capitals' of the world
in its day. That's another topic.
But for Lot, he had chosen to ‘compromise,' and move into ‘sin-city' itself...
right into Sodom,
we know Sodom was evil because of what we read back in
verse 12 and 13 of the previous chapter, chapter 13,
""Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot ...

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