Abraham Part 5

ABRAHAM

A study

Part 5

If you through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. (Rom.8: 13)

In Gen.14 we find the great contrast between the characters of Abraham and Lot.

  1. Lot was fully attached to “his goods” (Gen.14: 12,16)
  2. Whereas Abraham was attached to the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth and had no desire for “the goods” of this world. (Gen.14: 21,22)

This chapter begins with the matters related to 9 kings, and war among them. The 4 kings were apparently interested only in looting the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah. See v.11. But Lot had become their captive because he was attached to “his goods” which were looted by them. Even after he was delivered, Lot missed all the blessings of the later part of this chapter, because of his attachment to “his goods.”

So, here we find two further steps of backsliding in the life of Lot. The FOURTH step of his backsliding was that he chose to dwell in Sodom. (Gen.14: 12) and the FIFTH step was he became more attached to “his goods.” Earlier we saw how Lot (1) separated from Abraham and (2) chose this locality and started living (3) near Sodom.

Lot was a righteous man, and he vexed his soul day to day with the unlawful deeds and filthy manner of life of the people of Sodom. (2Pet.2: 7,8) But he could not overcome the deceitfulness of riches. (Matt.13: 22) And he was like those which fell among thorns, which, when they have heard, go forth, but are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Luke8: 14) Lot knew God and he had come forth with Abraham to inherit God’s promises. But his love for “the goods” and his desire to earn more compelled him to go and dwell within Sodom. He took this step at the expense of vast Spiritual blessings. By this grave decision he brought great shame and sorrow for him and his family.

Let us examine our life and see whether we are seeking any worldly pleasures, riches or even “achievements” in the work of the Lord, at the expense of Spiritual blessings for our family and ourselves. Sometimes we are so much enthusiastic and fervent after our pursuits to make progress that, unknowingly we drift away from the purposes and plans of God. (Matt.7: 21-23)

On the contrary, Abraham had no trace of selfishness or covetousness. When he heard about the captivity of Lot (the one who had separated from him taking the better part of the land), Abraham went forth to deliver him from the warrior-kings, without any second thought, putting his life in jeopardy. He rescued Lot, twice here Lot is called, “his brother.” We also should be always ready to do good to others, even to our enemies and to deliver them when they are in distress. When he delivered Lot and brought back all the goods, he had the right to divide the spoils according to his own will. (Luke 11: 21,22) But he explicitly declared, “I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet.” (Gen.14: 23) Abraham wanted to possess nothing but wanted only to be possessed by the Possessor of heavens and the earth.

While returning from the battle, 1) The king of Sodom and 2) Melchizedek came forth to meet him. The king of Sodom offered the goods of Sodom, which he totally refused. But Melchizedek brought bread and wine to refresh him and he also blessed Abraham. Melchizedek is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. Today our Lord is a High Priest in heaven. At His glorious return He will come not only as the King of kings but also as the Priest of the Most High God. When we yield to the ways of our Lord and be continually transformed in our nature and spread the fragrance of Christ around us, we may have to forego many pleasures, comforts and benefits in this world. But we will be fully recompensed at His return. (Luke 14: 14)

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