Chapter 13: Abram’s Seed
Abram leaves Egypt with Lot and Sarai. We learn that Abram was a very wealthy man, with lots of cattle, silver and gold. They return to the place where they were before reaching Egypt, between Beth-el and Hai, where he had built an altar unto the Lord.
Lot’s herdmen and Abram’s herdmen get into a fight and Abram asks Lot (to avoid more contention and fighting) to just go his own way, Lot decides this is best as well and he separates from Abram. Lot journeys to the plain of Jordan, and Abram stays behind in the land of Canaan. Abram pitches his tent toward Sodom, which we learn is full of wickedness and sin.
Once Lot and Abram were separated, God tells Abram that his seed will be numbered as the dust of the earth. God tells Abram that he can have any land he wants, and he decides to go to the plain of Mamre in Hebron, where he builds an altar unto the Lord.
Chapter 14: Melchizedek and Abram
In the days of…
- Amraphel king of Shinar
- Arioch king of Ellasar
- Chedorlaomer king of Elam
- Tidal king of the nations
Started war with…
- Bera king of Sodom
- Birsha king of Gomorrah
- Shinab king of Admah
- Shemeber king of Zebojim
- Zoar king of Bela.
For twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
This battle goes on for a while, known as the “Battle of the kings”
They took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Lot and all his goods. When Abram finds out that his nephew Lot was taken captive he takes 318 of his own men and pursues them into Dan. He continues to pursue them until he has all the goods and all the goods of Lot, Lot and his women.
Melchizedek, the king of Salem comes forth to bless Abram and breaks bread and brings wine to bless them, as he was a high priest of God. Abram gives Melchizedek tithes.
Chapter 15: Abram Receives Offspring
Abram is a little upset, because he has no offspring. He asks God in a vision why he cannot have offspring, the Lord re-assures him that if he can count the number of stars in heaven… so shall the number of his offspring be.