When we come to Genesis 13, God has instructed Abram to leave his homeland and go to Canaan. Abram, Sari, and his nephew, Lot, settle in Canaan until a famine forces them to move to Egypt. In Genesis 13:1-12, Abram, Lot, and their households have returned to Canaan from Egypt. They settle in the land between Bethel and Ai. Both Abram and Lot were blessed with great possessions, including an abundance of livestock. Because the land is not sufficient enough to support the feeding and watering of both Abram’s and Lot’s livestock, there arises a conflict between their herdsmen.
Reflect on Abram’s response to the quarrel between the two households.
Reflect on what healthy conflict looks like? How should children express their differences with their parents? How should parents express their differences with their children? How should siblings express their differences with each other? How should adults in the family handle conflict.
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