The Berean Expositor
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Fundamentals of Dispensational Truth.
#25. The Principle of Separation (Gen. 12:).
pp. 6 - 8
Abraham must ever stand out in the Scriptures as a giant of faith, and it behooves such
pigmies as ourselves to be careful of our criticism, yet we realize that the faithful Word
presents to us in Abraham a man of like infirmities with ourselves, and if we learn from
the recorded failures of this man of faith, it need not minister to our pride, nor lessen the
testimony of faith which Abraham gave:--
"By faith Abraham, when he was called. . . . obeyed; and he went out, not knowing
whither he went."
"So Abraham departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him."
The question that is in our mind concerns Lot. The Lord had called Abram and he
obeyed. He had told him to leave country, kindred, and father's house. Did Abram fully
obey this part of the command? The verse in Gen. 12: says, "So Abram departed, as the
Lord had spoken unto him, and Lot went with him". Lot was the son of Haran, therefore
Abram's nephew (Gen. 11: 27, 31; 12: 5; 14: 12), therefore he was Abram's kindred,
and Abram had been commanded to get out from his kindred. Lot seems to be mentioned
several times in a somewhat detached way, "and Lot with him" (13: 1). "And Lot also,
which went with Abram" (13: 5). A relieved feeling seems to come when we read, "and
the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine
eyes". The ties of the flesh are strong. When Abram was first called out by God we read,
"and Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his son's son". Now this tie,
first introduced by Terah, is again found to be strong, "and Lot went with him". Whether
we are right in this, we cannot say, true it is that Lot's presence brought neither peace nor
blessing to Abram, and his entry into the land of Canaan ultimately lost him his wife, his
home, and finally his character. If we will but examine ourselves we shall find that most
of our fullest acts of obedience, and sincerest endeavours to walk a separate path, have
been somewhat spoiled by the Terahs and the Lots who will not leave us to wholly follow
the Lord. The silence of Scripture as to this in the record of faith in Heb. 11: is a
consolation; the Lord is not swift to mark iniquity, if He were, who should stand?
When Abram reached Sichem and the plain of Moreh, the Lord appeared unto him.
Abram had crossed the Jordan, and penetrated nearly half way through the country
known as Samaria; Gilgal, where the reproach of Israel was rolled away some years
afterward, is near this place. It looks as though Abram had to venture upon the word of
the Lord, walking by faith. Without further vision or revelation, surrounded by the
Canaanites (ever the foes of faith), he was put to a severe test. The silence is at length
broken by the promise, "unto thy seed will I give this land". Following this promise
comes Abram's response, "and there builded he. . . ." What did he build? Surely, if the
land was his freehold, and his seed's for ever, he will at once begin to build a nice
comfortable house, he will be justified in adding all the latest improvements that the
Canaanites may have invented, and so show that his faith was real and matter of fact, that