Genesis 14* The battle of the kings, Lot is taken prisoner. (1-12) Abramrescues Lot. (13-16) Melchizedek blesses Abram. (17-20) Abramrestores the spoil. (21-24)1-12 The wars of nations make great figure in history, but weshould not have had the record of this war if Abram and Lot hadnot been concerned. Out of covetousness, Lot had settled infruitful, but wicked Sodom. Its inhabitants were the most ripefor vengeance of all the descendants of Canaan. The invaderswere from Chaldea and Persia, then only small kingdoms. Theytook Lot among the rest, and his goods. Though he was righteous,and Abram's brother's son, yet he was with the rest in thistrouble. Neither our own piety, nor our relation to thefavourites of Heaven, will be our security when God's judgmentsare abroad. Many an honest man fares the worse for his wickedneighbours: it is our wisdom to separate, or at least todistinguish ourselves from them, #2Co 6:17|. So near a relationof Abram should have been a companion and a disciple of Abram.If he chose to dwell in Sodom, he must thank himself if he sharein Sodom's losses. When we go out of the way of our duty, we putourselves from under God's protection, and cannot expect thatthe choice made by our lusts, should end to our comfort. Theytook Lot's goods; it is just with God to deprive us ofenjoyments, by which we suffer ourselves to be deprived of theenjoyment of him. 13-16 Abram takes this opportunity to give a real proof of hisbeing truly friendly to Lot. We ought to be ready to succourthose in distress, especially relations and friends. And thoughothers may have been wanting in their duty to us, yet we mustnot neglect our duty to them. Abram rescued the captives. As wehave opportunity, we must do good to all. 17-20 Melchizedek is spoken of as a king of Salem, supposed tobe the place afterwards called Jerusalem, and it is generallythought that he was only a man. The words of the apostle, #Heb7:3|, state only, that the sacred history has said nothing ofhis ancestors. The silence of the Scriptures on this, is toraise our thoughts to Him, whose generation cannot be declared.Bread and wine were suitable refreshment for the weary followersof Abram; and it is remarkable that Christ appointed the same asthe memorials of his body and blood, which are meat and drinkindeed to the soul. Melchizedek blessed Abram from God. Heblessed God from Abram. We ought to give thanks for other'smercies as for our own. Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, isthe Mediator both of our prayers and praises, and not onlyoffers up ours, but his own for us. Abram gave him the tenth ofthe spoils, #Heb 7:4|. When we have received some great mercyfrom God, it is very fit we should express our thankfulness bysome special act of pious charity. Jesus Christ, our greatMelchisedek, is to have homage done him, and to be humblyacknowledged as our King and Priest; not only the tithe of all,but all we have, must be given up to him. 21-24 Observe the king of Sodom's grateful offer to Abram, Giveme the souls, and take thou the substance. Gratitude teaches usto recompense to the utmost of our power, those that haveundergone fatigues, run hazards, and been at expense for ourservice and benefit. Abram generously refused this offer. Heaccompanies his refusal with a good reason, Lest thou shouldestsay, I have made Abram rich: which would reflect upon thepromise promise and covenant of God, as if He would not haveenriched Abraham without the spoils of Sodom. The people of Godmust, for their credit's sake, take heed of doing any thing thatlooks mean or mercenary, or that savors of covetousness andself-seeking. Abraham can trust the Possessor of Heaven andearth to provide for him.
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