Summary of passages: Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him. The king of Sodom came out to meet him. Then Melchizedek king of Salem (or Jerusalem) and a priest of God brought out bread and wine. He blessed Abram and Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
The king of Sodom asked Abram for his people back that had been carried away by Kedorlaomer but told Abram he could keep the goods. Abram said he has sworn to God that he will accept nothing from him so that he could not say he had made Abram rich. He will only accept what they have eaten and what the men who accompanied him want.
Abram had a vision and received the word of the Lord: Do not be afraid for I am your shield and your very great reward.
8 ) Reverently. The king of Sodom fled from the Babylonians and had their entire city plundered. Abram, a Hebrew, regained all that was taken. The king came to Abram after his victory and asked for his people back and told Abram he could keep the booty. Abram said he would accept nothing belonging to them so all would know and testify that Abram’s wealth and success came from God, not from military might or pagan’s goods.
Melchizedek, king of Salem (or Jerusalem) and priest of God showed up. Not for sure why since he and his people were not involved in the fighting. He brought bread and wine to Abram and blessed him and in return Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Everything he took in the war or everything I wonder).
9a) God will be his shield and his very great reward.
b) Personal Question. My answer: So Abram could conquer and prosper by God’s hand and not by others. So he wouldn’t have to accept charity from unbelievers. So he could be the example of God’s greatness. So all would know blessings and rewards come from God.
I think we all need these promises. God is our shield and He is the best reward. Agree?
10) If we do God’s will and live by Him, then He will prosper us. We don’t have to prosper on our own. Many people today think they are successful because of their hard work but it’s really by God’s grace and will even if you are an unbeliever for God has plans for ALL and He uses all to accomplish His purposes. Look at all the kings and rulers throughout history who were successful and not believers. Yet God was in control.
Give God the credit and do His will.
That being said I do see a place where accepting charity from unbelievers could grow their faith as it affords opportunities to share the gospel.
Conclusions: Focus on this lesson was on Abram’s refusing to accept booty from unbelievers for he wanted God to have all the credit for his success and not man. I hope we explore Melchizedek tomorrow for there is a richness we are missing otherwise with regards to the Messiah.