1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
Pitching his tent between Bethel (House of El) and Ai (Ruin) (the two choices in the Truth). This was exactly the same spot he had encamped coming down through the land (Gen. 12.8). As then, he appears to have offered sacrifices and "called on the Name of Yahweh." The altar and the sacrifices represented Christ in sacrificial manifestation.
Abraham recognised thereby the atonement doctrine and God manifestation. The two fundamental doctrines of the Truth in connection with the promised inheritance of the land of Canaan. His prayer on that occasion showed his need for Yahweh's continual protection, through his providential arrangements. In all these works we see Abraham's faith shining forth, not self-willed arrogance and presumption.
The Canaanite was still everywhere in the land and the effects of the famine everywhere. All told, Abraham was still in a perilous situation in a hostile world, from day to day, as we are, and in need of God's overshadowing care. Jer.10. 23.
The Apocalyptic Messenger
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of Yahweh.
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
...the heavy burden of his useless possessions imposed another trial upon him. He was separated from Lot, his only kinsman in the land, because their wealth prevented them from living together in peace; what a tragedy!
And with a heavy heart he sees Lot go off to settle amid the allurements of corruption. Lot abandons the faithful tabernacle, pilgrim living, and goes back to the comforts of a settled existence and city ways, little suspecting what lies in store.
Bro Growcott - Shall a child be born
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Abram shows himself to be a righteous unselfish man
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of Yahweh, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
The cities of the nations fell - Rev 16:19
It is one of the many defects of present civilisation that men are too much crowded together, too much occupied, too hurried in their occupation.
They are blighted by their mode of life in their very attempt to live. Their minds are enfevered and distorted in the conditions which their struggle for existence imposes upon them. They cannot have that calm and deliberation which are essential to well-balanced development of the powers of body and mind. The result is seen in an endless variety of mental deformity.
God will yet remedy these evils. He makes a beginning in Christ; and Christ begins in quiet Nazareth.
Nazareth Revisited Ch 6
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before Yahweh exceedingly.
14 And Yahweh said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
These promises should dominate and circumscribe our lives, and not the opportunities of this present evil world. Come out and be ye separate, touch not the unclean things (2 Cor.6.17,18). The way of the cross. The way of sacrifice and self denial to get the glory of the Kingdom as the true seed of Abraham, heirs of the promises. (Gal..3:29).
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
All the land which thou seest
This was an amplification of the promise given at Haran and Sichem. At the former place, the promise of blessing which was to come upon him and the nations, and in which his seed, in the sense of a multitude, was to become great -- was given in general terms; at the latter place, the Christ was promised as descending from him to inherit the land of Canaan: but in these promises, nothing was said about what Abram was to have, nor as to how long the Christ was to possess the country.
In the promise, however, amplified near Bethel, these desiderata were supplied. Abram was informed that be should inherit the country as well as Christ; and that they should both possess it "forever."
Having received this assurance, he, removed his tent from Bethel, and went and pitched it near Hebron, in the plain of Mamre, and built there an altar to the Lord.
Elpis Israel 2.2.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto Yahweh.