There are times in life when we must stand up and fight. Abram was not a soldier, but he was prepared to face whatever challenges life brought his way. For us to experience spiritual greatness our faith must be tested. Genesis 14:12-24
After Lot had left Abram for the riches of Sodom, we find Abram dwelling in Mamre of Hebron. The name Mamre means ”fatness” and the name Hebron means “the place of fellowship.” This is a good description of God’s blessings on Abram’s life at this particular time. But Lot was in serious trouble because Sodom had just been attacked by four kings and the whole city had been captured and carried away as slaves. God was giving Lot a strong message that he was living in the wrong place.
When Abram heard this disturbing news, his response was immediate.
Abram started immediately on a 120-mile journey to overtake the four kings who had conquered Sodom. His battle strategy was simple but very successful.
The result was a total victory with everything stolen being completely restored.
The most vulnerable time in the Christian life is immediately following a great victory. Abram was being approached by the king of Sodom who offered him a big temptation to compromise. Genesis 14:17 But a new king stepped between Abram and the king of Sodom and provided him with all he needed to be able to resist the temptation. I Corinthians 10: 13 This new king was Melchizedek. His name means “King of Righteousness.” Melchizedek was never defeated in the battle fought at Sodom. He is a picture of our victorious King Jesus. Hebrews 7:1, 2
Abram responded by accepting the covenant meal of the bread and wine and then offered the tithe (a tenth) of everything he owned to King Melchizedek.
Melchizedek had no sooner met with Abram than he was confronted with the King of Sodom. Notice the startling contrast between the two kings.
Without any thanks to Abram for all he has done for him and his people the king of Sodom began asking for the souls of the people. “Give me the souls and keep the goods for yourself.” Genesis 14:21 This is exactly what Satan is asking of us today. Beware of Sodom’s riches or they will ruin your life. But Melchizedek had prepared Abram for his hour of temptation. “I have raised my hand to The Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap.” Genesis 14:22, 23 Why would Abram take such a strong stand? He remembered that God owned it all. Psalm 24:1 He clearly understood that he could not bargain with the king of Sodom. If the world has anything you desire, then you will be tempted to try to bargain for it but ultimately it will become a snare to your soul. We must never place our relationship with God in such a position that the world can claim we live just like they do. We must live by the blessings of the Lord and not by the bribery of the world lest they claim to have made us rich. I John 2: 15-17 III John verses 6, 7
Reviews for Abraham: Living by Faith – Lesson 5 The King of Righteousness