There are those times when moves need to be made. In this case, Abram and his nephew Lot were growing with more people and possessions. Abram was the one who made the suggestion for separation so that there would be no strife between them (a good thing).
But Lot lacked wisdom. He did not investigate or scout out the land; it just looked good to him. We read no record of him asking God (praying about where to go). As a young man he should have left the decision to his uncle. I can’t help but think that these words we read in the Bible about Lot are derogatory in nature:
Genesis 13:1, “Then Lot chose for himself…”
God then gave to Abram what we call the Abrahamic Covenant. God promised Abram (Abraham) the land of Canaan extending all the way to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18) (Genesis 13:15 tells us that this promise is “forever”). Another part of this covenant is God’s promise to Abraham of an almost innumerable number of descendants. God has kept His promise to Abraham, and during the Millennial Kingdom Israel will claim all the land of the covenant.
It didn’t take long for Lot to fall into trouble and he and his family were taken away by the enemy. When Abram heard, he came to his nephew’s rescue – recovering all. I’ve always been blessed by the fact that Abraham’s servant were ready for war, did you notice that he and his 318 servants were “trained” (Genesis 14:14).
After the victory, enters this mysterious figure named Melchizedek, King of Salem. He was the Priest of God Most High. Although I can’t be dogmatic, I’m of the opinion that this was a theophany, that Melchizedek was none other than Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is the King of Salem (Jerusalem).
- Jesus is the final and forever High Priest of God (Psalm 110:4 – a prophecy of Jesus).
- Melchizedek’s name means, “King of Righteousness.”
- Melchizedek is described in the Bible as having no human genealogy; this is prior to the incarnation.
- Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:4).
- And isn’t it interesting that here in Genesis 14:18 we have the bread and the wine? Hmmm, where have I heard that spoken of in significance? (communion)
I believe it was Jesus who enabled Abraham to have that spiritual victory over the enemy. It’s the same victory He offers to all of us (Philippians 4:13).
What a beautiful passage in:
Genesis 15:1 (NKJV) “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.’”
Again the LORD brought Abraham out and showed him all the stars (before lights and pollution). The LORD said, “So shall your descendants be.” And then we read those epic words in:
Genesis 15:6 (NKJV) “And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
This is one of the passages the New Testament writers will later point to as Scriptural proof of salvation by faith (not works). Abraham simply believed and was saved. He believed and God’s righteousness was accounted to him (see also Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23). We are saved by faith not works, but, as James points out, if we’re truly saved, works WILL follow as evidence of salvation.
Jesus teaches with authority and reminds me that my life as a disciple of His, must be true…in my heart.
You may have noticed Jesus’ words, “You have heard that it was said…” “…but I tell you.” Jesus clarified God’s Word to us and taught with authority. Adultery is not simply this physical act, it takes place in the heart any time any of us look to lust. We don’t need to swear, as some back then were demanding, all we need to do is keep our word. In personal matters it must not be an “eye for an eye” mentality. We must love those who insult us (be patient) and even love our enemies. Isn’t this how God is? (Romans 5:8) If we say we’re God’s children we should therefore be like Him (Matthew 5:48).
When Jesus speaks of plucking out an eye, or cutting off our hand in order to keep ourselves from hell (Matthew 5:29-30), it is not to be done literally, He’s simply warning us that we should deal severely with any sin in our own lives – cut it off!
In Psalm 6 David is severely ill, even on the brink of death. He sees it as a combination of God’s discipline (God allowing it) and the enemy coming against him. So he prays…and he’s confident, God will hear and heal (Psalm 6:9).
Proverbs 1:31 is another reminder that we make our decisions and then our decisions make us. We will eventually and inevitably reap tomorrow what we sow today (Galatians 6:7-9).
So Manny, make good decisions – sow good seed.
I cringe at the word “complacency.” Complacency is defined as, “a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.”
O Lord, I do rest in Your righteousness, but may I never have that feeling on this side of time that I’ve arrived, which may lead to Christian cruise control. May I always seek You passionately, every day of my life.”