Chapter 13 takes up where chapter 12 left off with Abram leaving Egypt with all his possessions, his wife and his nephew, Lot. They were headed for the Negev, a desert in what is now Israel.
By this time Abram had become very wealthy with silver, gold and livestock. His nephew, Lot, had also become wealthy with flocks, herds and tents. They both had so much livestock that the land could not support them while they stayed together. Quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. In addition to these two families, the Canaanites and Perizzites also lived in the area.
Being a man of God, Abram did not want quarreling between his family and Lot's family, so he told Lot that they should split up. One would go to the right and the other to the left. Abram gave Lot the opportunity to choose which way he wanted to go. Lot chose the plain of Jordan near the city of Sodom, which was very fertile and beautiful. So the two parted company, and Abram and his family lived among the Canaanites at a place called Hebron.
The Lord told Abram that all he could see in every direction--north, south, east and west--would one day be his and his offspring (13:14-17).
Chapter 14 begins by telling us of some kings who had battled for years. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and their allies went to battle the king of Elam and his allies in the Valley of Siddim. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were losing the battle, and they retreated. Some of their men and goods fell into the hands of their enemies. Lot was living in Sodom, and he and all of his possessions were taken captive. One man escaped and reported to Abram what had happened. Abram gathered 318 trained men to go and free his nephew, Lot.
Abram defeated the king of Elam and returned home with Lot, his family and all of their goods. The king of Salem, whom we know very little about, met Abram upon his arrival. The king's name was Melchizedek, and he "was priest of God Most High." Salem was, at that time, Jerusalem. Melchizedek brought out bread and wine and blessed Abram (14:18-20). Abram gave Melchizedek one-tenth of everything. This is the first place in the Bible where we read of a tithe. Abram, however, would not take anything from the king of Sodom.
"After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward'" (15:1).
Then God promised Abram, who was childless, that he would have a son and his offspring would be as numerous as the stars (15:4-5). God also made a covenant with Abram, "‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates'" (15:18).
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the "Go to the Word" sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 13 to 15 Worksheet
"Abram went up from _____ to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him" (13:1).
Abram and Lot had both become very ________ and they had so much livestock that the land could not support them while they stayed together (13:2-6).
Abram told Lot that they should split up, and he gave Lot the opportunity to ______ which way he wanted to go (13:9).
Lot chose the plain of Jordan near the city of _____, which was very fertile and beautiful.
Abram and his family lived among the Canaanites at a place called ______ (13:12).
The Lord told Abram that all he could see in every direction--north, south, east and west--would one day be his and his _________ (13:14-17).
In chapter 14 Abram rescued ___, his ______ and all of their goods (14:16).
Upon Abram's arrival, the king of Salem, __________, brought out bread and wine and blessed Abram (14:18-20).
Melchizedek "was priest of ___ ____ ____" (14:18).
Abram gave Melchizedek ___-_____ of everything.
God promised Abram that he would have a ___ and his offspring would be as numerous as the _____ (15:4-5).
"Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as _____________" (15:6).
God also made a covenant with Abram, "‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of _____ to the great river, the _________" (15:18).
Memory Verse: "Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2:5).
Genesis 13 to 15 Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 14:24 Genesis 13:12 Genesis 14:21 Genesis 13:5
Genesis 14:11 Genesis 13:16 Genesis 14:10 Genesis 15:1
"Abram lived in the land of ______, while Lot lived among the cities of the Genesis ______
plain and pitched his tent near _____."
"The four kings ______ all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their Genesis ______
food; then they went away."
"‘I will accept _______ but what my men have eaten and the share that Genesis ______
belongs to the men who went with me--to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre.'"
"Now Lot, who was ______ about with Abram, also had flocks and herds Genesis ______
"‘I will make your _________ like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone Genesis ______
could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.'"
"The king of Sodom said to Abram, ‘Give me the people and keep the Genesis ______
_____ for yourself.'"
"Now the Valley of Siddim was full of ___ ____, and when the kings of Genesis ______
Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them."
"After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be Genesis ______
afraid, Abram. I am your ______, your very great reward.'"