Lot Does An Eeeny Meeney Miney... #1 (Series: Lot and His Troubles)
Rev. David Stevens/Christ Center Church Of God 8/22/2010
1615-19 Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19126 (215)-LIV-RITE
Genesis 13:8-18 (Continue reading the complete account)
8So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9"Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left." 10And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
14And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: "Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15"for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16"And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17"Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you." 18Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.
I. Abram and Lot his nephew had a great dilemma...
1. They were both extremely rich cattlemen but the land of Canaan could not support both herds.
a. The herdsmen of both men argued over the grazing land.
b. The friction was driving a great and Godly family apart.
c. Notice the fight was not between Abram & Lot but after awhile the conflict pressures will pull you in.(Something has to give)
2. Abram who really had raised Lot told his nephew to take his choice of the land he wanted.(too much conflict no one could be at peace)
a. “If you go to the right I will go to the left-if you go to the left I will go to the right".
b. In other words “I love you but we just cannot dwell in the same place”.
3 the Bible says, Lot looked out with up-lifted eyes at the plain of Jordan and saw that it was well watered.(Greed and ambition can ruin the day)
a. He made his decision to move his whole clan to the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because it looked good to him.
b. They settled just outside of Sodom. He had enough money to settle in the Burbs yet have the advantages of the big city.
II. This sermon is really about making choices
1. Aren't you surprised at the way Lot made a major life decision?
a. There is not one mention of him having said one word of prayer, or even a meditation moment.
b. There’s no mention of him fasting or anything even resembling asking God about a decision.
c. He just looked and booked!
2. Now before you tell me that kind of decision-making is to be expected from worldly people, may I remind you that Peter refers to Lot as a just man.
a. So in essence we could say that today he would probably be a typical Christian.
b. And it is so true that sometimes we make decisions like this even though we know better.
3. We don't know what Lot knew prior to going to the area. But we do know that Abram was a dedicated man of God and that he raised Lot.(You would think that Lot would know at least some of what his uncle knew)
a. All we can certify is that the land looked good to his eyes.
b. To try to spiritualize it, perhaps Lot thought of himself as a great missionary going to deliver these people from their heathen behavior.
4. But the real facts were that Lot and his people landed right smack in the middle of a war zone.(Does not sound like an answer to prayer to me!)
a. King Ched-or-lao-mer of Elam was a bully who had been taking protection money from several area Kings, including the twin city kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.
b. All the kings got together and rebelled and waged war but Chedorlaomer
overwhelmed them and took them all captive.
c. Suburban Lot, his family, servants, and possessions were all carried away along with the city dwellers.
d. It was just the Lord's mercy that one of Lot’s men escaped and went to tell Uncle Abram about the capture.
5. Notice Abram took 318 trained servants (born in his own house) and pursued the wicked King.( Just think of the power God; Abram and his 318 men did what several kings and their armies could not do- Had to be God)
a. His 318 men defeated the enemy and brought back all the goods of Sodom along with Lot and his goods, the women, and all the people.
III. God does have a formula for your life/consult Him before you make a move:
1. Here are four steps you can take in seeking God:
a. God has a will (that's usually the goal/purpose, etc.)
b. God has a way for things to be done.
c. God has a special timing (as to when things should be done).
d. God has His special way to provide.(If it is His way He will open the door, or window, or whatever way He chooses. Wait on Him.
2. Don't go ahead of God!
3. Now that does not mean find yourself doing nothing while waiting on God to bless. Preparation can always go on and the part of the assignment that does not depend on God’s provisions.
Example: If God tells you to write a book don’t wait until a publisher comes along. He has given you the material to write about, paper to write on, and pencil and pen to write with; start the book! If He gave you a song to sing don’t wait until you have an orchestra to play and a hall to sing in. Find a street corner where you can share your song with whomever comes along. Maybe He has given you a passion for the elderly, or for children don’t put off doing what you can waiting for government sanctions. Do what you can all the time PRAYING TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST!