Genesis 14: Wars & Kings

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Devotionals

Shortly after Abram and his nephew Lot part ways….trouble begins.  If you recall, Lot settled near Sodom…which is going to prove to be problematic before too long, but in the meantime…

Lot runs into some other troubles. War breaks out in the area where he lives. Two different groups of kings formed alliances and started fighting for control of the region. Lot gets caught up in the middle of this massive turf war…and in the process he gets abducted.  Abe’s family troubles continue.

Abram gets word that his nephew got snatched up, so he rounds up a posse of 318 military-trained men and goes looking to get his nephew back. Let’s ride. Sure enough…. Abram and his men were successful in rescuing Lot.

Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.”                                                                                                  Genesis 15:16

Cleary Abram’s path to becoming a great nation, as the LORD promised…would not be without tough times, as we’ll continue to see. But for now, when Abe returns from whoopin’ up on the dudes who took Lot, he has a strange encounter with a strange figure called Melchizedek. Will call him Melchizedek the Mystery Man.

Melchizedek shows up and meets Abe and the others that were with him…and he brings some bread and wine (verse 18). Nothing like ambushing a large group of soldiers in the middle of the night to make you hungry and thirsty!

Anyway…Melchizedek is a mysterious character, but we do learn a little bit about him. We’re told that he is the King of Salem, which is closely related to the Hebrew word shalom (it means peace). Also…the name “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness” Lastly we’re told that Mysterious Mel was “priest of God Most High (verse 18). So….Melchizedek is A King of Peace and a King of Righteousness and He’s a Priest.  That’s all we’re told about him…in the Old Testament anyway. Later on we’ll learn that  Melchizedek the Mystery Man is meant to point us to someone more important than himself!

We’ll continue with Abe’s story next time.




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