Today's passage of Scripture is Genesis 13:7-8 which reads: "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. 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."
Allow me to share with you some further commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:
Lot and Abraham are compared and contrasted: both looked around, were offered land, and traveled to their allotted portion. But Lot, who chose by sight, will escape twice by the skin of his teeth, while by faith Abraham will be enriched forever.
Faith in God's sovereignty gave Abraham the freedom to be generous. His generosity typified that of Israel to Moab and Ammon, Lot's descendants. God applauds generosity and peacemakers.
Today's quote about the Bible is from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He said: "Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!"
Our topic for today is titled "Abraham" (Part 3) from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
As we look through the next few chapters, it becomes very obvious that Abram was a finite, fallible human being. He no sooner got to Canaan than he went off to Egypt because of a famine. Times got hard, so he looked for an easier way. ...
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