Saturday, February 18, 2012

Feb 18: Genesis 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 14. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • First, we read a lot about various kings and all sorts of people whose names end in “ite.” And we read about a battle where the armies of 5 kings were beaten by the armies of 4 kings. During this defeat Lot, Abram’s nephew, was captured.
  • After Abram learned of this he took 318 men with him and defeated the armies of the 4 kings to rescue Lot and all the other captives. Surely God was involved in Abram’s victory but Abram is seen in a new light after this account of his life. Previously we read about how he goes from being obedient to God to doubting God’s protection. Which leaves us with a view of Abram being some kind of timid shepherd or something but after this, there’s no doubt he’s a warrior.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Then did you notice Abram’s obedience to God when he was offered what was probably a lot of wealth from the king of Sodom? It’s Abram’s obedience that kept him close to God. He had his doubts at times but he always tried to follow God with his life.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How about you; do you try to follow God with your life? It’s natural to have doubts at times, we all do. But in spite of your doubts do you follow God’s direction? Ask God to help you have greater faith and obedience to him today.