January 16 – Covering

Back to Genesis, yes!

 

My reading is from Genesis 12 – 15. Since much has already been said by my other sisters on Abram, I focused on Lot.

 

Strong’s H3876 – Lowt
לוֹט
Outline of Biblical Usage

Lot = “covering”

1) son of Haran and Abraham’s nephew who settled in Sodom and was delivered from its destruction by God

 

Gesenius

From Gesenius’ Lexicon (from www.blueletterbible.org):

 

The  meaning of Lot’s name is covering. Maybe he should have paid more attention to that. Then he would have realized he needs to be more like his uncle Abram who sought God and walked by faith. Instead, Lot relied a lot on what he saw – the blessings heaped upon the Lord by Abram, the flocks, herds and tents. Was Lot too focused on the possessions?

 

When the time came for Abram and Lot to separate, Abram gave Lot the first choice. There is no record in the bible that Lot sought the Lord in prayer. It is also surprising that Lot did not have the  courtesy to defer the first choice to Abram, his elder. 

 

Lot made his fateful choice in Genesis 13:10.  Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it [was] well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [even] as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt Clearly what Lot saw in Egypt made a deep impression on him. What surprised me was verse 13 says, But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the LORD. Did Lot know about this? And he still chose to go there? Did he think he can handle it and it won’t affect him at all? Lot fell for the lie of the devil, who offers us the world and makes sin look beautiful (1 John 2:16). But sin never delivers on it’s promises – as Lot will find out later. 

 

We tend to put too much stock on our sight: Either on what we see, “That is the cutest flock/herd/tent ever. Clearly, I need that.  Must.buy.now.” Or what we don’t see, “My situation has not changed, what’s the use of praying?”  When all along what we should be doing is what Abram did: Seek the Lord, wait for His direction – and do as we’re told. Maybe our situation has not changed because God is still waiting for us to obey. 

 

Looking back to the Gesenius’ definition above, the parenthetical phrase caught my eye,

“[Rather, the vail which keeps their hearts from God].” It reminded me of what Paul alluded to in 2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)

 

Seek God first, so as not to get caught in the messiness of this world. Seek God first, so the enemy cannot deceive us and put the covering in our eyes. Just like Lot, whose first experience with the beautiful plains of Jordan was as a captive of war. Just like our unsaved loved ones, whose minds are blinded and held captives of a different war. The covering we all need is not a veil but the blood of Jesus.

 

Father, we thank You that even in the life of Lot we learn something. We learn not to rely on our senses and our feelings because those can deceive us. We thank You that when we go to You first, You give us guidance and direction. Help us to be obedient to You like Abram. Father, we also ask that You lift the veil that so blinds those whom we love. The veil that keeps their hearts from You. Help them to see the truth and set them free. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan

 

 

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5 thoughts on “January 16 – Covering

  1. What a beautiful message gleaned from Lot! Thank you! It as a beautiful morning of reading but aren’t all mornings beautiful when in the Word? In the Chronological reading, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers that sold him into slavery. Joseph displays no hard feelings but recognizes God’s hand in that fateful decision many years prior. God worked for good what his brothers meant for evil. This humble submission to God’s will is a daily prayer of mine since 2010 when choices were made for me and my children that were beyond our control. However, we hold fast to the promise that God will work out good for those who love Him. I am seeing the fruit and the promise as I stumble and fall in faith each day. He is good, faithful and true. May our eyes be open to His hand in ALL we do each day! May our words and actions reflect His light within us and may we surrender to His perfect and pleasing will for our lives as we allow Him to transform our minds through His word and prayer. Have a blessed Monday! Hugs and love to allBethanySent from my iPhoneOn Jan 16, 2012, at 12:01 AM, His Gathering Place <post@hisgatheringplace.posterous.com> wrote: <tbody><tr> <td height=”20″></td> </tr> <tr> <td width=”20″></td> <td> <tbody><tr> <td height=”60″ width=”610″> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <tbody><tr height=”20″></tr> <tr> <td width=”16″></td> <td width=”578″> <tbody><tr> <td> </td></tr></td></tr></td></tr></td></tr>

  2. G & P, Thank you for your lesson from my earlier reading in Genesis. Yes, Lot was a similar to many Christians today who are not pleased with our sinful nation but still make choices based on selfish wants. Monkey see – monkey do. It is hard not to see the spending going on around us, spending that remains wasteful, but at the same time we get caught up in the desires of the flesh. I’m no different and only by daily reading God’s word have I been pricked by the Holy Spirit. “Do you really need another purse, one that your eyes see and like?” Ouch Not only does God speak to me through my daily reading, but through the friends he has placed on my path. I’m very thankful for strong Christian friends to role-model Christ-like living to me.Oh, that we will press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:14). May we remember this lesson re: Lot. One of his mistakes was he chose to live among the sinners. Today we can’t truly control who our neighbors are going to be; but, we can control many things. When we have had that prick from within we must deny ourselves and obey. Fast forward to Genesis 42-44 where my reading landed today. Reuben, one ofJoseph’s brothers said, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against [Joseph]?” 42:22Joseph’s older brothers were jealous of him and many years prior to this they devised a plan to get rid of him. They had committed a terrible act of mean ness. And, after committing this sin, they went home and lied to their daddy Jacob, thus sinning again, so that they would not be found out. Well, today we see a sovereign God in the midst, a God who does not like it when we deceive and trick family members. They had escaped all accountability for their sin against Joseph, but that would not last.God did use their sinful acts to fulfill His will. He allowed good to come out of the bad, but at the same time he allowed the sin that the brothers did, to be found out. (Numbers 32:23) May our children today have a conscience like Reuben. When confronted to sin may they flee rather than join in the group. May God place strong Believers around them, to help them when they are too weak. If they sin, may they be found out, so that the sin on their heart does not grow and take root and separate them more from the light. May their true satisfaction come from Jesus rather than what their eyes see and want.Wow, so many life applications today in just a few pages of the best Book. Thank you Jesus for your living Word, thank you for times as this where we can share with each other and grow deeper in our knowledge of your heart. Help us to live what we know is Truth. Amen.Hugs, Lori

  3. I have never thought of Lot in this way and your connection to putting too much stock in our sight is something that I am convicted of. To think with our eyes rather than what The Word tells us is the cause of our disobedience. So many times I have thought with my wants and that very “short sightedness” has always been my ultimate downfall.Today, I pray that each of us experience the world through the eyes of God’s Word.Have a blessed day,Mary Ann

  4. I needed to read this today, especially “We learn not to rely on our senses and our feelings because those can deceive us. ” Fighting deception right now and trying to stay focused. Friends, you are a blessing. Now I have to get ready and go run some errands before getting Will, but for some reason I knew I needed to come read this. Brandee

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