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Genesis 14:21-24

Lesson # Genesis 14:21-24
Study Material - Genesis 14:21-24

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Gen. 14:21-24

21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, 'Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.' 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, 'I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, lest you should say,' I have made Abram rich.' 24 'I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.'

Give, 'nathan', assign, charge, trade. The king of Sodom, the one who became king after the death of the former king that died in the tar pits, wanted his people, but not for their freedom, for their gratitude to him.

Note. The king of Sodom dies. In very short order a new person becomes king. Generally a new king would take more time than was allowed during this period. The attacking army was not that far out of town. Abram had bearly counter attacked and recovered the goods and captives. The city of Sodom had been totally sacked - no people (they were either captives or had run to the hills), and no goods. So who selected the new king? Was he self appointed? Certainly he was not among the dead, or the captives, so he must have been among those who ran into the hills. Such a brave and courageous man!! Why wasn't he part of the pursuit led by Abram? In short he was a coward and now that danger had past, he was negotiating with Abram. Even though he really had nothing to negotiate with.

Give - assign, charge, trade to me the people 'for' the goods. Abram already had the goods as well as the people. Under other circumstances, to the victor goes the spoils and Abram was the victor. Technically he had all of the wealth and the lives of those rescued. He could have followed the general thought of the time and claimed all of this as his, but he did not.

Abram was not a slave master. True he had servants, but they were paid servants. They had wages. They were employees of a sort, and loyal to Abram. Abram keeps nothing. His decision was, first to God. The 10% given to Melchizedek. Second to those who fought, the men. To each man was distributed a portion for their risk and effort. Third to the other leaders who helped in the effort, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, for their loyalty and courage. The remainder, which would still be the lions share, went back to the original owners.

The king of Sodom received nothing. He did nothing. He was an opportunist. Preying on the difficulties of others. Abram was a spiritual leader, sympathetic to the plight of others, not selfish for his own worldly advancement.

All blessings come from God, not from people like the king of Sodom. Who, by the way, would have used this against Abram sooner or later in his political speeches to his people. 'Why do you hurt? Abram has all your property. I tried to get your freedom, your property. But, Abram took it and kept it.'

So, Abram silenced talk like this, by taking nothing and returning the people to their former state of freedom without compromising burdens or obligations to Abram.

Abram was prosperous because God made him that way. He was victorious because God gave him the victory. Abram was honorable because doctrine gave him a set of values for life. Abram was secure in his life because God gave him promises and protection through his fellowship status.

These same principles apply to each of us when we are consistent in our Bible study. Priorities first, Bible study. Fellowship status, study, learn, comprehend, discern, apply, grow and become a winner in the spiritual conflict that is unseen but very real.

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