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Genesis 12-14

Genesis 12-14…God calls Abram and initiates a covenant with him, Abram and Lot separate, and Abram rescues Lot from the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.

God chooses Abram, that he might reserve a people for himself, among whom his true worship might be maintained until the coming of Christ. This is THE subject of the entire Bible; God choosing, redeeming, and preserving a people for Himself through Christ; set apart by their love for Him, to glorify Him by growing in holiness. Abram was challenged to love God above all else, and to willingly leave all to go with God. He was faithful, but there is no state on earth free from trials, nor any character free from blemishes. There was famine even in Canaan, the glory of all lands; and unbelief, with the evils it brings, even in Abram the father of the faithful. Perfect happiness and perfect purity exist only in heaven.

In Genesis 13, we see that Abram was very rich, which made him very “heavy,” so the Hebrew word is. Riches are a burden, and those that are rich are “weighed down with thick clay,” Habakkuk 2:6. There is also typically a burden in getting riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and an account at last to be given about them. Yet God in his providence sometimes makes good men, rich men. Here we see that God’s blessing made Abram rich without sorrow, Proverbs 10:22. Though it is hard for a rich man to get to heaven, there are some cases where it’s possible; Mark 10:23-24. Ultimately, outward prosperity, if well-managed, is an opportunity for doing more good. When used to accumulate stuff and show off how the “King’s Kids” are blessed, it is sadly abused, and prosperity preachers serve as a good example of how not to live.

Abram had been blessed and had resources at his disposal to help others. In Genesis 14, he gives real proof of his love for Lot. We need to be ready to help those in need, especially those in our church. Abram rescued the captives, including those who had been quarreling with his own family. As we have opportunity, we must do good to all, even those who wrong us.

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