Pastor Troy Martin
Text: Genesis 14:14-24
Abram has just returned from his incredible victory. His army of 318 have routed the combined army of four nations. Then he brings the spoils and the prisoners home. When he returns, two kings come to meet him. The difference between the two is absolute. One gives a blessing, the other demands concessions. Abram must handle the aftermath of battle. This chapter spends far more time describing how Abram dealt with his victory than describing how he achieved the victory itself.
v. 14-16 Abram’s incredible triumph foreshadows the triumphs of Israelites after him - like Gideon. Now he returns the liberator of Sodom’s people.
v. 17 Sodom’s king journeys forth to met this liberator somewhere in a valley near the city of Salem.
v. 18-20 At the meeting place, a third king - the priest Melchizedek of Salem, brings out an offering of bread and wine. Then he blesses Abram by the Most High. Abram decides to tithe God by this king.
v. 21 The words of Sodom’s king are quite different. He does not bless, he bargains. Asking for the people he relinquished his title to the spoil.
v. 22-24 But Abram decides to give it all back to Sodom. Abram had made a commitment to God’s glory. No one would take that glory from God, even if Abram went home from his exploit with empty pockets.
In the persons of Melchizedek and the King of Sodom we see two men representing two life principles: seeking God’s glory or seeking personal profit. Look at Abram, and consider how he handled the aftermath of his victory...
_________________________ to honor God. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound Ph 4:12 Abram’s actions are faithful in the aftermath of the battle because he had made himself ready for it, long before the victory.
______________________ when you succeed. As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. Pr 27:21 God tests us with success and approval. The only way to pass the success test is to remember that it is from God, as much as any challenge.
_________________________ the real goal. Why are we here? Why were we saved? That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us Ep 2:7 Whatever may come to pass, our point and purpose does not change. Our call in every trial and in every triumph is to exhibit God’s grace.
Questions for Household Growth
Why are so many Lotto winners miserable?
What is interesting about the life of General Germanicus?
Who do you think Melchizedek is? Why?