A Comparison and Contrast of Lot and Abraham
 
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A Comparison and Contrast of Lot and Abraham
PastorCorbett · 991 days ago


There are some invaluable lessons to be learned by comparing and


contrasting the lives of Abraham and Lot. Leaving Ur of the Chaldees,


Abraham and Lot traveled a similar path physically. But because of the


choices they made, they traveled a very different path spiritually, and


arrived at a very dissimilar end.


The Bible introduces Abraham and Lot in Genesis 11:26-27 “And Terah


lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these


are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran;


and Haran begat Lot.” One similarity between Abraham and Lot is the


familial cord. Family members often not only share certain physical


features, but also mutual experiences, a common environment, and


similar training. In Lot's case, this would more than likely be enhanced,


because his father died before his grandfather (Genesis 11:28), and it


appears Terah raised him (Genesis 11:31). After Terah died, Abraham


stepped in and took Lot under his wing (Genesis 12:4). Abraham and


Lot shared many common experiences.



During their travels together, Abraham and Lot shared the same


journey, first from Ur to Haran, then to Canaan, next to Egypt, and then


back to Canaan. During these travels, both men experienced the


direction and leading of the Lord. They also faced a grievous famine


together (Genesis 12:10). When Abraham was confronted with doubts


and fear that he might be killed by the Egyptians for his beautiful wife


Sarah, Abraham had Sarah say she was his sister. This deception was


unquestionably one of the low points in Abraham's life of faith.


Abraham realized this, and Lot witnessed it first hand.



God's blessing was upon both Abraham and Lot (Genesis 13:5-6). They


had “flocks, and herds, and tents.” So much was God blessing, that the


Scriptures record that “... the land was not able to bear them, that they


might dwell together: for their substance was great ...” The resulting


strife caused Abraham to seek peace. He tells Lot that they must


separate. Abraham, to whom God had promised the land, honorably


allows Lot to pick what portion he wants, and Abraham takes what is


left.



One is left to wonder if Lot could have ever dreamed how far reaching


this decision, as well as those to follow, would be. Genesis 13:9-11


becomes a pivotal point in the lives of these men. Abraham, believing


God, and walking by faith, allows Lot to choose which land he wants.


Lot, not believing his good fortune, and walking by sight, chooses the


well watered plain and pitches his tent toward Sodom (Genesis 13:10-


12). Genesis 13:13 gives the commentary But the men of Sodom were


wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” Lot obviously could


not see the godlessness for the gold. The decision made “in the flesh”


will continue to feed the flesh, and eventually cause Lot's ruin.



One contrast between Abraham and Lot is revealed in the dividing of


the land. Abraham, with his gracious spirit, defers to Lot. Lot “lifted up


his eyes” (Genesis 13:10) and saw with his fleshly eyes. No


consideration for the spiritual, no seeking God's direction, no


consideration for Abraham – or the promises of God – only the thought


of getting the best for me, for now. This initial decision, which perhaps


seemed so small, so innocent, lays a foundation for things to come.



God determined to judge Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 18:17 we


read “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I


do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty


nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I


know him, that he will command his children and his household after


him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and


judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath


spoken of him.” Here, it is evident that Abraham enjoys fellowship and


communion with God. God, here, reveals his plans to Abraham. God


also shows confidence that Abraham would lead his family to follow


God. This is affirmed in the passage in Genesis 22 where God asks


Abraham to offer his only son as a sacrifice to test Abraham. In verse


7, Abraham and Isaac have headed to the mountain to offer the


sacrifice. Notice the conversation between father and son, “Isaac spake


unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I,


my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the


lamb for a burnt offering?” The point is that Abraham had trained his


son – he knew a sacrifice was needed. Contrast this to Lot, who, after


the intercession of Abraham, was warned of God's impending judgment,


went to warn his family, but he “... he seemed as one that mocked


unto his sons in law” (Genesis 19:14).



One final contrast is seen after the destruction of Sodom and


Gomorrah. Lot, admittedly in a drunken stupor, commits incest with his


two surviving daughters on succeeding nights and subsequently has


children by them (Genesis 19:31-38). Abraham, on the other hand,


sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac, his son, of his “country and


kindred” because he did not want him to intermarry with the heathen


(Genesis 24).



Modern man claims that we need only provide a proper environment for


man to succeed and prosper. The comparison of Abraham and Lot


reveals the flaws in that philosophy. Abraham's place in history is


established. Isaiah 41:8 recordsBut thou, Israel, art my servant,


Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.” In James


2:23 we read “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham


believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he


was called the Friend of God.” One might speculate on Lot's destiny –


were it not for 2 Peter 2:7. Here we read that God “... delivered just


Lot.” According to Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and


New Testament Words, the word “just” means “righteous.” 2 Peter 2:7-


8 adds, after asserting that Lot was righteous, that he was “ ... vexed


with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man


dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul


from day to day with their unlawful deeds).” Lot lost his wife, his


family, the wealth and worldliness he so desired – but he did not lose


his soul. One might ask, was it worth it? Yet before casting stones at


Lot, how many today trade the trinkets of this world for the pleasure of


God.


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  •  Mrs_Corbett: 
     

    I really enjoyed this post.  'Great comparison and contrast, with awesome lessons for us today. Thank you!

     
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  •  Jan: 
     

    Oh my word this is so good! This very thought was on my heart today! In many areas families are willing to sacrafice thier families to do X,Y, and Z.....for all things that will pass away. Maybe it is for a new house, a new car...etc. One area that I was so confused on was having a career to give my children the best childhood. In my eyes the best childhood would have meant having the best of whatever we could buy them. Those material things do not matter. The best we can give them is Christ. Money will not save thier soul from Hell, nor will having the best toys,...shoes..bikes..etc...vacatio ns...draw them closer to God. It will only teach them to love the World. Praise God the Lord has helped us to grow in this area...we have so far to go, but just like Lot was at a cross roads and had to make a decision we many times come to different cross roads in our walk with the Lord. Having a career may be a cross road of the past, but each day we face new challenges and decisions that will either keeps us from destroying our families and what the Lord is doing, or drawing us closer.

     
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