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  • Restoration through Abram

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  • 2020-01-20   [창세기(Genesis) 14:13 - 14:24]


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  • 13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram.
    14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
    15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
    16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.
    17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley).
    18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
    19 And he blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
    20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
    21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself."
    22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,
    23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich.'
    24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share."
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Thinking & Understanding
As soon as Abram hears that Lot has been captured by the coalition armies of Chedorlaomer, he sets off immediately with an army of trained men, defeats Lot’s captors and recovers all the possessions that had been taken (vv.13-16). When Abram returns after rescuing Lot, Melchizedek warmly welcomes him and blesses him in the name of God Most High. As a sign of thanksgiving, Abram gives Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he has plundered. Because of his conviction and faith in God, Abram did not covet the possessions of the king of Sodom (vv.17-24).


Who is God?
VV. 18-20 Melchizedek blessed Abram and Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of his possessions. Melchizedek is the precursor of Jesus (Heb. 7:2-3) and his attitude and role becomes the model for the kings and priests in the line of David (Ps. 110:4). This means that Jesus alone can bless us and is worthy of our gratitude.


What lesson is God teaching me?
VV. 21-24 The way we give offerings must reveal our boldness as God’s people. Abram, who had learned that God is sovereign over all things, had grown into someone that could stand before plunder and reproach the king of Sodom who trembled in fear. Am I living with clear understanding of the fact that God, who is sovereign over all living things, can grant us grace and blessings?


Prayer
Help me to live boldly as a child of God rather than serving or clinging to money, fame and power.