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Wednesday, September 14 2011
Lot, from the Hebrew word pronounced lote, meaning a veil, or a covering, was the son of Haran, the grandson of Terah and the nephew of Abram (who the LORD later renamed as Abraham; see Abram and Sarai).
"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot." (Genesis 11:27 KJV)
When Lot's father Haran died in Ur (Haran died while his own father Terah was still alive), Lot joined with Abram in a family migration, beginning from Ur to Haran, where Terah died. It was in Haran that the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') appeared to Abram, and told him to go to the land of Canaan i.e. from that family of people from Iraq, the LORD would create "Israel" (see also 'Raghead' Racism).
"11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees." (Genesis 11:28 KJV).
The movements of the family group continued from Bethel, to the Negev, then to Egypt to escape a famine (see also The Exodus Prophecy that the LORD gave to Abraham).
"12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
"Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah"
From Egypt, the family then returned to the Negev Desert area, and then again to Bethel.
"13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
As stated in the verses above, the entire family group had grown wealthy in "flocks, and herds, and tents." The abundance of livestock created a problem of finding sufficient water and grazing land. It escalated into a situation where "there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle."
"13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 13:6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 13:7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land." (Genesis 13:5-7 KJV)
Abram generously offered Lot a solution - to peacefully part company so that both could prosper. Abram even gave Lot the first choice of land.
"13:8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. 13:9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left." (Genesis 13:8-9 KJV)
Lot chose an area that was well-watered and verdant; prior to its incineration, the area of Sodom was "as the garden of the LORD." It was the smart choice, not the wise choice, because "the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." Lot was soon to discover the meaning of the adage, "not all that glitters is gold" (see also What And Where Is Babylon Today?).
"13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly." (Genesis 13:10-13 KJV)
The LORD appeared to Abram after Lot parted to again bless him for his righteous wisdom. By accepting less, Abram would receive more.
"13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Fact Finder: (a) Did Abraham rescue Lot after the men of Sodom were unable to defend themselves from plunderers i.e. Abraham, with a few men, did what the entire city of Sodomites were unable to do for themselves? (b) Later, did Abraham attempt to save Sodom from destruction, for the sake of only a few righteous people there i.e. Lot and his family?
This Day In History, September 14
81: The accession of Domitian, the 11th Roman emperor (81-96 AD). He reigned during the time that the then elderly apostle John was given to write the book of Revelation (see New Testament Roman Emperors and The Old Man's Letter). Domitian succeeded his brother Titus who oversaw the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem in 70 (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
1180: The Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan.
1262: Cadiz, Spain, was captured by Alfonso X of Castille, ending a 500-year occupation of the city by the Moors.
1741: The German-born English composer George Frederick Handel finished his "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days.
1812: Napoleon's invasion of Russia reached Moscow to find that the entire city had been abandoned and set on fire by retreating Russian forces.
1829: The Russo-Turkish War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Adrianople between the Ottomans and the Russians (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1854: British and French forces landed in the Crimea to fight the Russians, who had started the Crimean War with their invasion of Turkey in July 1853.
1901: U.S. President William McKinley died at age 58, a week after being hit by an assassin's bullet while standing in a reception line in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was one of many U.S. Presidents who did not survive their elected office (historically, the greatest danger for U.S. Presidents hasn't been foreign enemies, but their own people). In 1989, Ronald Reagan broke what some called the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Mr. Reagan was very seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1939: The first functional helicopter, Russian-born Igor Sikorsky's VS-300, made its first flight.
1944: Belgium, Luxembourg and part of Holland were liberated from Nazi occupation by U.S., British and Canadian troops.
1948: Construction of the United Nations buildings in New York began.
1959: The Soviet Union's unmanned Luna-2 became the first man-made spacecraft to land on the Moon.
1960: Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia formed OPEC.
1982: Bashir Gemayel, President-elect of Lebanon, was assassinated by a bomb while speaking before a Maronite women's group. The explosive device, which was set by a pro-Syrian dissident, demolished the building and killed dozens of other people.
2001: A "National Prayer Service" was held at the Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A service was also held on Parliament Hill in Canada, the largest such service in Canada's capital (when the U.S. abruptly closed its airspace on September 11, threatening to arbitrarily shoot down any domestic or foreign aircraft that entered U.S. airspace, U.S. bound aircraft already in flight over the Atlantic and Pacific, carrying thousands of passengers, with insufficient fuel to turn around, safely landed at numerous airports in Canada).