This chapter is about Abram & Lot separating. It’s a decent read. It’s kinda needed for the Sodom & Gommorah story. It’s the plot filler. So you don’t have plot holes. Because God knows that there’s plot holes in the Christian bible when it comes to some of its content.
So Abram, Lot, & crew went from Egypt to the Negev. (I talked more in depth about the Negev in the chapter 12 posting.) Abram had become quite wealthy because of his livestock (like he had so many animals – cows, camels, sheep, goats, etc- that he was rich from them) & in silver & gold.
From the Negev they went from place to place. Until they came to Bethel, more exactly to the place where Abram had built the first altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
Lot, who was in Abram’s entourage, had his own livestock & “tents.” But the land they were in couldn’t support both man’s livestock. All of their combined ‘wealth’ was so great, that they couldn’t stay together in the same place. Then Lot & Abram’s herdsmen started quarreling with each other. Plus the Canaanites & the Perizzites were living in the land at the time. So, for however long Abram & crew were in Egypt, a new group of people moved into the area along with Canaanites.
So Abram says to Lot, “Let’s not fight between ourselves. Or between our herdsmen, because we’re family! We’ve got part ways. If you go left, I’ll go right. If you go right, I’ll go left.” Lot looked up, saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, “like the garden of the Lord” & the land of Egypt (Egypt in those days must have not been a desert.), toward Zoar. This was before Sodom & Gomorrah was destroyed. We’ll get to that in another chapter. So Lot chose for himself the plain of Jordan & set out towards the east. That’s when they officially parted ways (for now.). Abram lived in the land of the Canaanites, while Lot pitched his tents among near Sodom. And yes, that Sodom. Like Sodom & Gomorrah. Now the men of Sodom were “wicked” & sinning greatly against God.
After Lot & Abram separated ways, God told Abram “Look around, north, south, east, & west. All the land that you see I’ll give to you & your descendants forever. (This line is in Genesis 12:7; Genesis 24:7; & Galatians 3:16.) I’m gonna make your descendants like the dust of the earth. So if anybody could count the dust, your descendants could be counted. Go walk the width & breadth of the land. Because I’m giving it to you.” So Abram moved his tents & went to live near “the great trees of Mamre at Hebron.” Now this is a different place & an actual group of trees then the place & single great tree mentioned in chapter 12. Abram built an altar to God here.