Today’s reading: Genesis 13 – 14

Key Verse: “They also captured Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned.” – Genesis 14:12

In Genesis 14 there is a huge battle going on between the kings of the region.

  • Amraphel (meaning Sayer of darkness.) king of Shinar,
  • Arioch king of Ellasar (Chedeolaomer’s nephew),
  • Chedorlaomer (meaning “Handful of bundles”)
  • king of Elam,
  • and Tidal king of nations.
  • Bera (meaning “Son of evil”) king of Sodom,
  • Birsha (meaning “with iniquity” (Wickedness) king of Gomorrah,
  • Shinab king of Admah,
  • Shemeber king of Zeboiim,
  • and the king of Bela (Zoar).

This is the first war mentioned in the Bible and Lot is right in the middle of it.  Lot by name and WANT A LOT by nature.

When Lot chose a direction to depart from his uncle Abraham in Chapter 13, it is quite obvious he only looked in one direction. Without delay, he looked to the east and desired the well-watered plain, like the garden of the Lord in the midst of the desert. Lot also saw the cities, where he could get rich quick, its commercial opportunities, enterprises and materialism. Sodom was the place where LOT could get A LOT.

Outwardly it seemed prosperous, but spiritually it was a place of death. Genesis 13:13 says “the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.”

Everything seemed great until King Kedorlaomer decided to affirm his authority and bring his army to lay waste to Sodom and bring it back under his control. As King Kedorlaomer fought the battle, verse 12 says, “They also captured Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned.”

The consequence of deciding to get too close to wickedness are shown; LOT wanted a LOT, but he lost the LOT. Everything was taken from him, and he became a slave.

Our choice today is simple: We can say with Lot, “I want what all that the world can offer me now” but end up losing it all (see Matthew 16:26). or we may wait with Abram for God’s fulfillment of all his promises. What’s your choice?

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