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Monday, August 6 2018
A Bible Journey, 13: How Lot Became A Sodomite
"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. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan"
Abram's sojourn in Egypt resulted in his family (his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot) becoming very wealthy (see also How Did Hagar Meet Abraham And Sarah?).
"12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. 12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. 12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
Abram returned to the southern area (the "negev"; see The Negev Of Israel) of the land of Canaan, where he would remain for the rest of his life. "And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold."
"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.
Whether the Egyptians had provided to Lot directly, or whether Abram had shared his new wealth with Lot is not recorded.
Nevertheless, "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" and as a result, "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.
Abram then generously offered Lot the first choice of where to settle, while Abram would go in the other direction.
"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's choice would not have been wise Abram's choice. Lot was not unrighteous - he just hadn't learned his lessons yet. While the area around Sodom was beautiful and well watered, just as many such "Sodom" places today, it was a "beautiful" place of moral depravity and evil.
Lot made his choice, and soon regretted it: "2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)" (2 Peter 2:6-8 KJV).
"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." (Genesis 13:10-11 KJV)
So it was that "Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom."
"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 13:12-13 KJV)
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) then made a further promise to Abram, regarding his "seed" (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"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." (Genesis 13:14-17 KJV)
Abram then moved his encampment to the area around Hebron, where he remained for the rest of his life (see Camped Out In Canaan).
"13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD." (Genesis 13:18 KJV)
This Day In History, August 6
1195: Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, died at age 66. Saxony is in Germany. The Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Saxons. Some of the Anglo-Saxons migrated westward into what became Britain.
1284: The Republic of Genoa defeated the Republic of Pisa at the Battle of Meloria.
1415: Jan Hus, a Czech who spoke out against Roman Catholic Church corruption, was burned at the stake as a "heretic."
1497: John Cabot returned to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
1538: Bogota, Colombia, was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
1661: The Treaty of The Hague was signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.
1806: A premature historical account, as parroted by some historians: "The Holy Roman Empire came to an end when Francis II formally resigned his titles in deference to Napoleon's victories. Founded in 962 by Otto I of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire was a political entity in parts of Europe, primarily German states, over which the pope had spiritual control." See the map of "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" at The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation.
1825: Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.
1845: The Russian Geographical Society was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1861: The United Kingdom annexed Lagos, Nigeria.
1890: Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair when he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.
1914: The British light cruiser Amphion struck a German mine and sunk immediately; 150 men drowned, including the German prisoners on board that had been captured from the minelayer that had laid the fatal mine.
1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945, U.S. involvement 1941-1945), the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 150,000 civilians, and horribly burning tens of thousands more, in the first use of a nuclear "weapon of mass destruction" in warfare. The second came a few days later when another U.S. bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing over 200,000 more civilians. Some historians emphasize the contrast - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into the Second World in 1941 was solely an attack on a military base and naval warships, not densely-populated civilian targets (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
Three days later, a second U.S. atomic bomb destroyed another Japanese city - Nagasaki. The photograph below shows the towering "mushroom cloud" from that bombing - that also included the incinerated remains of over 100,000 men, women and children.
1960: After the Cuban Revolution, Cuba nationalized all foreign-owned property in the nation.
1962: Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom.
1986: William Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.
1996: Scientists from NASA and a number of universities reported that a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984, and later identified as having originated from Mars, provided "unequivocal" biological evidence that life once existed on Mars. The findings were later disputed.
2012: The Curiosity mobile science probe landed on the surface of Mars.