As a godly man reckoned righteous by God, Abram’s deference to Lot carried a certain level of risk. Indeed, that risk materialized when Lot chose for himself the choice land of the fertile Jordan River valley. We learn from this that Christian kindness is always open to being taken advantage of; that is a risk godly people must be willing to take in obedience to the rule of brotherly love.
Lot’s actions and advantage do nothing to thwart God. This reality is both a comfort and foundation. It is comfort in knowing that even with the risk of brotherly kindness, God’s sovereign grace and justice remain unchanged. It is also the foundation of our brotherly love. God’s monergistic work of redemption is what we reflect through our obedience to brotherly kindness.
About the series
The Book of Genesis is the starting point of God’s covenant with His people. This book gives us the historical sketch of the creation, fall, and redemption of the world. Genesis is also a perfect litmus test to gauge whether or not a person fully trusts in the authority, sufficiency, and inerrancy of Scripture.