IN GOD’S WORD
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:45pm Ourtown1
Mike Mills – Spring Hill Baptist Church –
Today we look at more of the travels of Abram and his nephew Lot as they return
from Egypt at the end of the famine, traveling back into the Negev to where they
were living east of Bethel in the land of Canaan.
Bethel was one of the very sacred places of Canaan, meaning “house of God” being a
place of worship and sacrifice. It was, however, destroyed by the Lord even though
it had great sacred meaning to Him; as Jeroboam chose Bethel as the place where he
would set up idols and began his idol worship. Being true to Himself, God decreed
His divine judgment upon the apostasy of idolatry and destroyed Bethel despite its
sacred memories. Yes, God is love, but He is also just, don’t believe those preachers
who say; “Oh, God is love and He wouldn’t condemn anyone to hell, they lie!!!”
As they moved back into the area there arose a problem as they had both acquired
large herds of livestock and the grass was quickly being eaten, to the point that their
herdsmen were beginning to fight and argue between themselves over grazing
To solve this Abram offered Lot any piece of land that he chose, saying that if Lot
went west or north that he would go east or south so they would have amble
supplies of grazing for their herds and would not have trouble within their family.
Lot chose the entire, very fertile Southern Jordan River valley as his and true to his
word, Abram remained in the land of Canaan where he had built an alter to God
between Bethel and Ai.
Lot, however, moved near the city of Sodom, not knowing of the evil men that lived
there and while he thought he was getting the best land for himself, he was sitting
himself and his family up for destruction later as we shall see in time.
Once Lot had moved out God spoke to Abram making a promise to him that we
know as the “Abrahamic Covenant”. God told Abram to look in all directions and that
He, the Lord, would give all the land that Abram could see to his offspring, forever.
God also told Abram that his offspring would be so numerous that one would have
to be able to count the dust of the earth in order to count them all.
God then told Abram to get up and walk from one end of the land to the other and
that He would then give him and his offspring all the land that he walked over.
(Genesis 15:18) “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
‘unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt (the Nile) unto the
great river, the river Euphrates.”
Abram then got up and started to travel, moving first to the “Mighty Oaks” of Mamre,
the Amorite, at Hebron. Abram pitched his tents here and built another alter to The
Lord and worshiped. Abram then made a treaty with Mamre and his two brothers to
protect each other from invaders and robbers.
Soon after Abram settled at the Oaks of Mamre, a messenger arrived telling Abram
that a great battle had occurred in the Valley of Siddim, the great rift running south
of the Sea of Galilee, including the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea extending all the
way south to the Red Sea. He informs Abram that his nephew Lot, his family and all
of his possessions have been taken by the 4 kings of; Shinar, El-lasar, Elam, and
Golim, and they are moving toward Damascus with their spoils of war.
Abram immediately gathered his trained men (318), plus the Amorite brothers;
Mamre, Eshcol and Aner and traveled to Dan where they caught up with the
prisoners. Abram secures all of the prisoners with Lot and all of his possessions and
women and begins the return trip home.
As Abram crosses the Valley of Shaveh (Kings Valley), the King of Salem who is
named “Melchizedek” greeted him with bread and wine and blessed Abram.
(Genesis 14:18, 19, 20) Known as the Priest to the God Most High; he blessed
Abram in the name of the God Most High (El Elyon – EL-el YOHN).
Abram immediately recognized the gravity of this blessing and gave a tenth of the
spoils of war to Melchizedek as a tithe to the Most High God.
This is the first mention in the Bible of Jerusalem and its founder, Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 7:3) says this of Melchizedek that he is “without father, mother, or
genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the
Son of God – remains a priest forever.” Being referred to as the “Priest to the Most
High God”, Melchizedek is a very unique person, he has no record of birth on earth,
no record of family of any kind, no record of death on earth, yet Hebrews 7:3 says
he; “remains a priest forever.” It seems he established the “Holy City of Jerusalem”
and after some time must have returned to God Most High, there have been many
debates on this, but no solid answers. God saves that answer for Himself.
Jesus is even referred to by the writer of Hebrews as being; “a priest in the order of
Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:9-10)
Abram then returns his people and spoils of war to the king of Sodom, escorts his
nephew Lot and his possessions back to his home by Sodom and returns to his tents
by the Oaks of Mamre.
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