Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Back to Bethel
Bethel Bible Study
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Back to Bethel Bible study on the story of Abraham and Bethel in
the Bible and how it affects your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk.
Back to Bethel Bible Study
Bethel in the Bible Story
Oh, there you are. Good to have you back. If we think back to the
last adventure of Abram (Abraham), we found him getting kicked out of
Egypt for hiding the identity of Sarai, which was all in God's plan
to provide Abram and his people with food during the famine and for
God to be able to deal with the Pharaoh, who was taking the wives of
men and killing the husbands. I bet he thought twice about this after
that. Two birds with one stone if ya will. Ain't God awesome?
Abram was always very rich in cattle, gold, and silver. He was
heading back to a land of famine where gold and silver wouldn't be
able to buy or produce food for his cattle and the people who tend
them for him. A land that God promised would make him a great name
and a great nation from his seed. You've got to surmise that Abram
had moments where he felt overwhelmed. It was all a test.
Nevertheless, he traveled on, until he arrived back at the place in
Bethel where he pitched his tent at the beginning. They settled there
once again for the time being and at the same altar, Abram prayed.
Abram's nephew Lot also had flocks and herds and tents and family and
workers. Soon the land wasn't able to sustain them both because they
had so much livestock. As things became crowded there was fighting
between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and of Lot's men. So Abram
said to Lot, Let's not fight, we're family. We have the whole land in
front of us. If you choose the right side, I'll take the left, and if
you choose the left, I'll take the right.
So Lot looked over the land and chose the side on the east, which was
the area of Jordan. Abram remained in the land of Canaan.
Then after Lot had left, God said to Abram, Look from where you are
to the north, south, east and west, as far as you can see. All the
land that you see, I will give it to you and to your seed for ever.
And I will give you as many descendants as the dust of the earth. Now
go and walk through the land. So once again, God assured Abram of his
Abram chose a place about 30 miles south of Bethel in Hebron, and
that was where he pitched his tent and built another altar to God.
Note: Hebron is where the name "Hebrew" comes from.
Back to Bethel Bible Study Summary
Bethel in the Bible Story Conclusion
Okay, let's review a little bit about Abram and what's happened to
him so far. An ordinary childless 75 year old man is promised by God
that he will be given land, have oodles of children and become a
famous nation forever. He leaves his father's house and takes his
wife, nephew and many riches with him. He comes to Canaan where God
tells him that this is the Promised Land. Then traveling through
famine, he goes to Egypt and then back up to Canaan. There he
peaceably separates from his nephew because the land can't support
their wealth. God reassures Abram of His promise and Abram settles in
Hebron. So there you have it in a nutshell.
We, as Christians are oft times asked by God to sojourn into the
unknown as well and as we are learning from Abraham, we need only
have faith that He will see us through.
Next time, you'll read about a little skirmish that Lot gets into and
how Abram rescues him, so keep your bookmark set to Daily Bread, and
New Testament Daily Bread
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