Hello, today I read Genesis 12-15 and Psalm 4. I also watched the next video in the reading plan, Genesis 12-50 Read Scripture.
I read about God’s call to Abram. Now he is 75 years old. I am not sure how long he was in Haran. God tells him to leave and go to the land that God will show him. God also says that all the people on the earth will be blessed through Abram. So Abram goes to the land of Canaan and God tells him, 12:7, “I will give this land to your descendants.” So the land of the Canaanites is the land that Abram has been given. But then he goes to Egypt because there is a shortage of food in Canaan and he gets a little weird. He tells them his wife is his sister and causes a bunch of problems. I am thinking it is because he left the land of Canaan where God told him to go. A shortage of food is no issue for God to handle. Anyway, he gets kicked out of Egypt so he goes back to the land of Canaan, it says he went to the southern part of it. Then he moves back to Bethel, which must be out of the area that is considered southern Canaan, but still in Canaan. There he separates from his nephew, Lot, because their families and possessions have gotten too big and they are in each others space. Lot chooses to go to the Jordan Valley and Abram lived in the land of Canaan. The town Lot lived in was Sodom.
Again God promises Abram, 13:14-15, “After Lot left, the LORD said to Abram, “Look all around you—to the north and south and east and west. 15 All this land that you see I will give to you and your descendants forever.16 I will make your descendants as many as the dust of the earth. If anyone could count the dust on the earth, he could count your people. 17 Get up! Walk through all this land because I am now giving it to you.””
Then a bunch of the kings in the surrounding areas started fighting. This is so interesting because it said that they gathered in the Valley of Siddim, which is now the Dead Sea. Later it mentions that the Valley of Siddim had many tar pits. Isn’t that interesting about the history of the Dead Sea, it used to be a valley but had a bunch of tar pits???!!!! Anyway, Lot is captured and Abram goes to fight to get him back. Abram succeeds and recovers Lot and his personal property, everything that was stolen, and all the other folks that had been taken.
Then after the defeat, the king of Sodom comes out to meet him and the king of Salem too, who is named Melchizedek. Melchizedek blesses Abram and Abram gives him a tenth of everything he brought back from the battle. The king of Sodom pipes in and says Abram can keep all the stuff he took from Sodom but asks for the people who were captured to be given back. Abram tells the king of Sodom he can have everything that is his back because he doesn’t want the king of Sodom to be heard to say that he made Abram rich.
Then God talks to Abram and promises him again, 15:5, “Then God led Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky. There are so many stars you cannot count them. Your descendants also will be too many to count.”” Then Abram believes the LORD and it says that his faith made him right with God.
But then he asks how he can be sure that he will own the land. I wonder if this was a little blip in his faith…. Would things have been different if he hadn’t asked this?
God tells him to bring a bunch of animals to sacrifice and Abram falls into a deep sleep. It says a terrible darkness came and he heard God tell him that his descendants will be strangers and slaves for 400 years. Then the nation that made them slaves will be punished and Abram’s great- great- grandchildren will return to the land again. Then a smoking firepot (I am not sure what that is exactly) and a blazing torch passed between the dead animals. 15:18 says, “So on that day the LORD made an agreement with Abram and said, “I will give to your descendants the land between the river of Egypt and the great river Euphrates.”
So Abram went to the land of Canaan and then left it, made some stupid mistakes and was kicked out of Egypt so then went back to Canaan. Then when he and Lot were separating he has Lot choose which way he wanted to go, even saying he would go the opposite way that Lot chooses. So my question is, why didn’t Abram choose the land of Canaan instead of giving Lot the opportunity to choose it??? Weird. Then Abram’s faith made him right with God, but then he questioned how he could be sure he would own the land. So did his little blip in his faith result in the 400 years of slavery? Or was that nothing….????
It shows me that God continues to work with people even though we do stupid stuff. Thank you LORD for being faithful and true to your word always. Help me to stay on the path you have for me.
I also wanted to mention a few things I read in Psalm 4. Verse 4 tells us to be angry but do not sin. And verse 5 says, “Do what is right as a sacrifice to the LORD trust the LORD.” Very good words to live by.