January 20, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 14


Anyone else feel like they are reading a story from the old west? That’s what today’s chapter brings to mind where we find Abram coming to the rescue when Lot was taken hostage. Lot is like the brother who always needs to be bailed out and who is never in the right place at the right time. He had been captured by the rulers of the day, but Abram wasn’t going to just sit back and watch Lot die. He rounded up a posse of tough guys, and they went out to face those kings in an old-fashioned duel.

How did the showdown go? Abram rescued Lot, saved some women, and recovered stolen goods. Wyatt Earp could take a page out of his book.

Then, the priest-king Melchizedek blessed Abram with one of the most powerful, inspiring blessings found in scripture.

Here are a few notes about this chapter:

  1. It’s hard to find a good moment in Sodom’s history. This chapter tells us that the city was plundered.
  2. The first reference to Dan is in this chapter. It will prove to be an important landmark/region in the future of Israel (12 tribes). The fact that it is mentioned by name here and not by the Canaanite name tells us that the writer of Genesis had the 12 tribes of Israel in mind when recounting this story.
  3. This is a shining moment for Abraham. He is courageous – utilizing only 318 men to chase down the armies of kings – trusts the Lord, and is blessed.  The chapter ends with his assertion to audacious integrity.
  4. Melchizedek is an important reference. Jesus is shown to be the truest Melchizedek, meaning Priest-King of Peace & Righteousness, as we find in Hebrews. We don’t know a ton about the actual Melchizedek other than what we find in Genesis 14.
  5. An early reference to tithing? Yep. “Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.” That has always struck me as important. It’s a principle we see throughout the Bible and yet so many Christians seem to fight it. I believe that Jesus’ teachings on money might even call us to an even more radical approach to giving and generosity, but the tithe is definitely the standard.

What did the Lord teach you today? I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

By: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “January 20, 2016”

  1. Right on, Todd! I wonder if so many Christians fight tithing because they are taught to tithe “because the Bible says so” rather than as a response to God’s provision, as Abram did?

    Also, anyone else notice how quickly Sodom got a new king? And who was he? I doubt the old one got himself out of the tar pit. From what I understand, those things are pretty much impossible to escape from.

  2. The believer is often engaged in warfare. This warfare will be both within and without—

    within, with the innumerable natural corruptions which remain, with the temptations of Satan, with the suggestions of his own wicked heart;

    and without, he will frequently be engaged in warfare, wrestling “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Sometimes the believer will be engaged in warfare, not so much on his own account as on the account of erring brethren.

    However tremendous the power of your adversaries, you are not to fear since God is with you. You are to fight, using discretion as your armor-bearer, but you are also to couple this with perseverance, continuing faithful to the end, for only those who overcome shall forever sit upon the throne of God!

    1. Good Word Korbet. A pastor from our previous church used to always say… “If it bleeds, it’s not our enemy!” My husband is currently writing a book about this very thing.

  3. v.10) now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom & Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.

    Sodom, Gomorrah…….Chapel Hill.
    Tar Pits…………Tar Heels.

    Perhaps a prophetic verse that someday an evil college basketball team would rise up in Chapel Hill, NC and be called Tar Heels? Just sayin!

    Thanks for the commentary Indian Todd! JumpStart is a blessing!

  4. Sheds some light on the future judgment of Sodom in that they had plenty of examples of Godly men and societies to immulate. They were also witness to the faithfulness of God protecting Abraham in battle and giving him victory. So they had a choice of with path to take and chose the one away from serving God.

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