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Genesis 14 – Abram

So who is Abram, and what makes him so special?  This chapter, while mostly not about Abram, gives us a great picture of who he is and what makes him so different.

The majority of this chapter is all about politics.  Five kings came up in battle against four.  One king Chedorlaomor had subjugated numerous other nations for 12 years, these other nations ended up rebelling, a bunch of other stuff happened, and there was a battle.  Five kings came up in battle against four.  In the end, the kings and armies of Sodom and Gomorrah fled.  When that happened, the enemies of these kings came and took spoils of war.  As part of those spoils, they kidnapped Lot, his family and things, and a bunch of other people and goods.

Needless to say, Abram was not too pleased with this turn of events, so he set out to resolve the issue.  So he took 318 men born in his house and pursued the victors.  He got back Lot and all that was his, as well as the other spoils taken from Sodom and Gomorrah.

I found it interesting that through much of this chapter, Abram does what he can to avoid the politics of the day.  He remains neutral in any way he can.  He does not take part in the fight.  In fact, it appears that he avoids it.  He is not interested in getting involved in petty disputes.  However, when it hits home (Lot is taken) then he turns around, takes a group of men (much smaller than the armies he is pursuing), attacks and drives off the victors.  Then, not only does he not desire reward from those he helps, but he refuses to take anything apart from the food that his people ate (after he pays tithe to the King of Salem, priest of the Most High God no less).  Why?  Because he does not want the other kings to be able to turn around and say, “Look, I made Abram rich.”  He is not interested in politics and trading favors.  He is interested in what is just, righteous, and holy.  Are we more interested in what is right, or what we can get out of a deal?

Also of note in this chapter:  We see El-Elyon (God Most High) and YHWH El-Elyon (YHWH God Most High) used what appears to be for the first time in this chapter.  We see the Melchizadek king of Salem referred to as the priest of El-Elyon, and Abram tells the king of Sodom that he has sworn to YHWH (the LORD) El-Elyon, possessor of heaven and earth that he would not take even a thread from the spoils.

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Genesis 10 – Foundations

This is a chapter of foundations.  After the flood, as each generation led the way to the next, there came a desire to protect and define each family.  Cities and nations were built.  Sons became fathers who had sons who became fathers who had sons…  Some of these lines, families, and names were significant.  Others were not.  There were people who are defined by nothing more than a name.  Others had legends and legacies that they left behind.

Many of the names i had to struggle to pronounce, but there were some that i knew well.  It’s funny because as i was going through these lists of name and legacies and as i picked out those i recognized i began to realize something.  Every name that i recognized, i recognized for the bad or evil that they did.  I saw the Canaanites who lost their land to the Israelites because they were vomited out due to their own corruption and sins.  The Philistines were enemies of the sons of Abraham for generation after generation.  Nineveh was the capitol of the Assyrian empire which would eventually come through and destroy Israel.  And of course Sodom and Gomorrah would be two cities destroyed by God in Abraham’s time due to their sin and corruption.  They were so corrupt that we get the word sodomy from the name of the city of Sodom.

While there are many names and many people who started out on the right path with the right intentions and purposes, instead of holding to the true God that saved them in the flood, they pursued their own courses instead of God’s and they were overcome by their sins.

So that poses a question to think about.  What prevents us, our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren, and on and on from the same fate?  How do we insure that we don’t become the next Nineveh?  Can we?  Is it even possible to do?

In all honesty (to be brutally honest) i don’t know as that we can.  I thing that the only things we can do are 1) to pursue God and 2) to lay the right foundation.  Even then, there is no real guarantee that our children will pursue Him as well.  Look at the lives of Samuel and David.  Samuel found favor in God’s sight.  He did what God called of him even when his mentor / adoptive father’s own children would not follow God.  King David had the same problem.  Even Solomon turned away from God and the nation was torn apart in the time of Solomon’s son (David’s grandson).

Does that mean that there is no hope and that what we do doesn’t matter?  Of course not!  Just look at Boaz (Ruth).  He was a righteous man who did what was right in God’s sight.  He became the great-grandfather of King David.  It was from the line of David that Christ was born.  Paul took in Timothy and trained him.

We must do two things.  We must pursue God, and we MUST lay the foundation necessary for future generations.  We cannot guarantee that our children and grandchildren will make the right choices, but we MUST give them a foundation that will encourage them to pursue God… not on their own terms, but on His.

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