Sunday, February 24, 2013

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 five kings were beaten by the armies of four kings. During this defeat, Lot (Abram’s nephew) was captured.
  • Next Abram meets Melchizedek, the "King of Salem." Melchizedek is a pretty mysterious figure in the Old Testament, and is referred to repeatedly in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament. While Melchizedek may have just been a person, some Bible scholars believe he may have been an Old Testament appearance of Jesus.
  • Abram keeps his allegiance to God instead of accepting a deal 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.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • After Abram learned Lot had been taken, he brings 318 men with him and defeated the armies of the four kings to rescue Lot. Abram puts his faith into action and does what it takes to do what is right, even willing to endanger his life.
  • Previously we've seen Abram waffle in his faith and obedience to God, but here we see that he has grown into a more solid faith and is more faithfully following God with his life. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you trying 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? Even when it's scary, difficult or dangerous? Ask God to help you have greater faith and obedience to him today. And if there's something God has been calling you to do, do it!