At a meeting in January 2016 I heard if you read three chapters of the Bible a day and five on Sabbath you can read through the entire Bible in a year. Having trouble in the past being consistent with my reading I felt like that was a really doable goal. I decided to start from the beginning. Literally. When I read through Genesis 13 I stopped. I read verses one through nine again.
So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 He journeyed on by stages from the Negeb as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5 Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, 6 so that the land could not support both of them living together; for their possessions were so great that they could not live together, 7 and there was strife between the herders of Abram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites lived in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herders and my herders; for we are kindred. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
That is a story of sustainability! The land had provided all Abram and Lot needed until they began traveling together. The land could not support them or their possessions (other people, flocks and herds.)
When I speak to preschool teachers I often ask them to imagine a classroom set up and supplied for eight children. I then ask them to imagine that same classroom with 30 children. Sometimes I see a shudder in the crowd. Thirty kids vying for eight chairs, eight pairs of scissors, eight napping mats. Can you imagine the “she touched me” and the crying from being hit with wayward elbows as every child fills a space? Teachers trying to handle that chaos while also trying to acquire the materials they need for their children to thrive maybe from the teacher next door who is doing the same thing? It’s called chaos and fighting.
This is how I imagine Abram and Lot’s herders felt each fighting for their masters possessions’ well-being.
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