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Category: Genesis 14

1-12-2016 Genesis 14:18-24

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18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:

“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.

21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

We can learn so much from Abram here.  He trusted in God, and God delivered his enemies to him.  He was grateful so he gave back.  That’s the tithe part.  He didn’t take stuff that wasn’t his, and he asked that his men be given what they deserve.  This is such a great example and Jesus tells us the same thing.  He said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).   If we look to God first He will provide everything we need.  Then we need to give back just like Abram.  Paul the apostle said:  “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).  Next Abram didn’t take or want things that didn’t belong to him.  Jesus told us: ” Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).  The truth is we came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing.  Jesus said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? ” (Matthew 16:26).  Focusing our life on God and the needs of others will ultimately bring us the treasure we need.  Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).  Jesus gives us the answers we need.  Abram was an example of this.  But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say…just say Jesus!

1-8-2016 Genesis 14:13-17

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13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre[c] the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.

Here we see Abram rescuing Lot, his peeps, and all his stuff.  In the previous verses we saw Lot in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s the same today.  If we place ourselves around the wrong people, places, or things, eventually we end up needing to be rescued. However, just as Abram came to rescue Lot, Jesus is always available to rescue us.  The truth is if we stay by His side, we don’t have to worry about being taken captive as Lot.  Not in the literal sense, but by the things of this world that will bring you down.  Paul tells us: “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2Thessalonians 3:3).  The truth is the war we face is not against the people we see every day. It’s a spiritual battle within each of us.  Paul the apostle also told us: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).  This is not some hocus-pocus thing. All of us have felt an inward tug at different times.  Evil is out there my friends, and it wants to take you down.  But Jesus can and will save you. Are you in need of being rescued? All you have to do is ask.  But if you’re still confused and are a prisoner like Lot….just say Jesus!

 

1-7-2016 Genesis 14:1-12

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And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.

8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations,  Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Have you ever been in the midst of something you have nothing to do with, however you end up either being blamed or caught up in the whole mess? It sure looks like this is what happened to Lot.  When we surround ourselves with the wrong people, or just hang out in the wrong places we can get swept up and before you know it, we’re in a real bad place.  There is an old saying ” If you hang around a barber shop, you’ll get a haircut”.  Makes sense, right? Same goes with people, places, and things. In order to have a reasonably happy life, we need to surround ourselves with the right people, stay out of the places that are potentially harmful, and stop doing the things that bring us down.  We all know what they are, however we seem to try and justify how it will be “Okay” this time, or “I don’t do this all the time”.  Eventually, like Lot, it will bring us down.  If and when this happens, there is an answer.  Yup, His name is Jesus.  So if you’re sick and tired of being “sick and tired”, call out!  He will rescue you…..just say Jesus!

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