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Genesis 13

 

  1. After spending some time in Egypt, Abram returns to the Negev.  Who was with him?

 

 

Verse 2 tells us that he had become very wealthy in livestock.  Why do you think livestock was a measure of wealth during this time?

 

 

We also hear for the first time that gold and silver were a part of his wealth.  Where do you think he got the gold and silver?

 

 

How do you believe Abram became so wealthy?

 

 

  1. Next, we read that Abram traveled from place to place.  Why do you believe he moved around so much?

 

 

Eventually, where do Abram and his family find themselves?

 

 

What does Abram do?

 

 

Has Abram been traveling “in circles”?  Please explain.

 

 

  1. When Abram went to Egypt to escape the famine, Lot was not mentioned.  Why?

 

 

What do we learn about Lot in verse 5?

 

 

How or why do you believe Lot became so wealthy?

 

 

  1. What problem arose at this time, according to verse 6?

 

What else added to the problem?  (See verse 7.)

 

 

Abram more or less adopted Lot.  How do you explain the quarreling that broke out between their two families?

 

 

How could God’s blessings today cause quarreling in the body of Christ?  Please explain.

 

 

Have you seen such quarreling?  If so, how can we avoid it?

 

 

Also, verse 7 mentions that the Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.  Why is this important?  How does this fact add to the problem between Abram and Lot?

 

 

  1. As the elder and as the one to whom God had given this land, Abram had the right to send Lot away.  Instead, what does Abram say to Lot?

 

 

What does Abram decide to do?

 

 

What seems to be the most important thing to Abram?

 

 

How willing would you be to let someone “under” you make the decision that would affect your future?

 

 

What does this action reveal about the character of Abram?

 

 

How has Abram changed from when he first entered Canaan?

 

 

What can we learn from Abram about settling quarrels?

 

  1. Abram tells Lot that they should separate.  Why do you believe Abram made this statement?

 

 

Can you think of a reason why “family” should separate?  Please explain.

 

 

In what way or ways is Abram like the father in the parable of the prodigal son?

 

 

In allowing Lot to choose what land he wanted, it seems Abram is settling for second best.  However, he is not.  Why?

 

 

Lot is given the first choice.  How does Lot make his decision?

 

 

What does this reveal about Lot?  (Look carefully at v. 11.)

 

 

Compare Abram’s motivation with Lot’s motivation.  What major differences do you see?

 

 

  1. What did Lot do according to verse 12?

 

 

What does this tell us about choosing a place to “set down our roots”?

 

 

What does verse 13 tell us about Sodom?

 

 

Using a concordance or Bible dictionary, can you find a definition for the word “wicked”?

 

 

Why do people today choose to live in a “wicked” city?

 

 

  1. After Abram and Lot separate, God speaks to Abram.  What does He say to Abram?

 

 

Look at Jesus’ words in Luke 6:38.  How does this verse apply to Abram’s situation?

 

 

What does it mean to you that a verse spoken centuries AFTER Abram’s act speaks to his situation?

 

 

How can we apply this truth to our lives?

 

 

  1. God gives Abram two promises.  What are they?  (See vv. 15 & 16.)

 

 

Why did God make these promises to Abram?

 

 

What does God tell Abram to do?

 

 

God says something similar to Joshua before he entered the promised land.  What did God say to Joshua?

 

 

Why do you believe God wanted Abram to walk the land?

 

 

What might we learn from “walking” our land?

 

 

  1. What does Abram do?

 

 

  1. In what ways were the events in this chapter significant in Abram’s development as the father of our faith?