Part 5 of 5. “Jesus Christ, the Priest of the Most High God, will so bless and refresh all who, like Abram, go forth in His Name to walk, to work, and to war. What a privilege to meet the Blessing Priest when returning faint and weary from the struggle of faith! Many a battle the separated man or woman of God will need to fight on behalf of others, but Jesus, the supporting King of Peace, will meet them with His help and blessing, and at last with His “Well done,” which brings eternal blessing. ” -James Smith
Part 4 of 5. Now the king of Sodom enters. He tells Abram to keep all of the goods, he just wants the people. This is the true test here. Will Abram fall to the temptation of wealth? Abram tells the king that he had already made a vow to God that he would not take anything that belonged to him. He did not want to allow the king to say that he had made Abram rich.
Part 3 of 5. In this section, we have the only recorded military action of Abram in the Bible. The contrast here is apparent. Why were the other kings fighting? They fought for wealth and power. Abram goes to war for his family, to set the captive free. He has no aspirations to take power or wealth for himself but only wants to save his nephew. Godly men and women are moved to fight, not for their gain but to rescue others.
Part 2 of 6. We know that the “king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord,” (Proverbs 21:1). The kings, like so many people today, have no idea that they, though seeking their selfish plans, are serving the plan and glory of God. They have no idea that the evil they intend will bring about good in the life of the believer.
Part 1 of 5. Many of the stories we read in Genesis are about the choices humans make. God providentially brings about a crossroads and those involved have to decide which way they will take. Will they follow God and goodness or will they choose their own path and evil?
Part 6 of 6. The call to us in this tale of two righteous men is to follow Abram’s example. As James Smith once said, “Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom; Abram pitched his toward God. The self-seeking Christian bears no testimony for God. When he does attempt it, it looks like mockery (Genesis 19:14). The just shall live by faith. Live to the will of God.”
Part 5 of 6. Abram Worships. This is Abram’s response to God’s promises. He moves to the oaks of Mamre at Hebron and builds an altar to the Lord. This is how Abram responded upon returning to Canaan and now he does so again after God confirms the promise. But that is worship. God acts, he calls, we come in worship.
Part 4 of 6. And so we see the choices of the two men. Abram chooses to live by faith and defers to Lot trusting that God will provide what he promises as Hebrews 11 says, “a better country, that is, a heavenly one,” while Lot chooses to act by sight and pursues what he sees. As time unfolds, these consequences of these choices will be revealed.
Part 3 of 6. Remember that God told Abram to leave his kinsmen and his land behind. Unfortunately, these two men were having strife between them, but God is using this circumstance to bring to completion the separation. God had a plan for Abram and there was a greater purpose behind this situation.
Part 2 of 6. Abram leaves the Negeb and travels back to the spot where he lived before, between Bethel and Ai. He goes back to where he made his altar to the Lord. And there we see a familiar phrase, Abram called upon the name of the Lord. After experiencing a moral, spiritual, and emotional defeat in Egypt, Abram heads to the public worship of God.