Monday, July 3, 2017

Abram as Commander Gen. 14

Genesis 14 Records a rescue operation as Abram embarks on a mission of mercy to rescue a troubled Nephew.

14: 1-12 The nations in Abram’s area bring danger close to him in the person of Lot.Ancient battles in modern Jordan. The Middle East has always been embroiled in battles. What happens when the nations in the area which we live become embroiled in conflict.              

Like Abram, we are touched. Like Abram, we have our own agenda and want to walk peaceably with God and man. Mankind, however, is not so inclined. The real issue was that foreign kings were seeking to bring the promised land under their rule. Abram may have sensed the danger. He knew that there are power struggles constantly among the people of this earth.

14:12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom. We have noticed before the risk that Lot took. But then, we all take risks. And Lot was part of a family that cared.

14:13 Abram is the first Biblical person to be called a Hebrew.

14:17 What was really at stake was the effect on the faith and actions of Abram. He led men into battle trusting in God and got the victory in his rescue mission. Abram is pictured as a military leader in this passage. He was a successful leader.

14:18 Bread and Wine – This was an ordinary meal served as a celebration at a special time by an extraordinary person.

14:19 Melchizedek was God Most High who got the credit from Abram as he honored Melchizedek.
         God Most High - Salem is Jerusalem; ‘peace’, and that of Melchizedek, ‘king of righteousness’, see Hebrews 7:2. The union of king and priest at Jerusalem was to move David (the first Israelite to sit on Melchizedek’s throne in Jerusalem) to signal a greater Melchizedek to come (Ps. 110:4) which is a reference to the Messiah. To Abram, this was a reference to the true God, self-revealed to Abram as the one who called and sent him to the promised land.

14:22 This is Abram’s vow. It shows that Abram purposed to give God the credit for his prosperity. This vow is still repeated by believers even in our age of prosperity.