Lessons for Bible Study — Genesis 14:1-24
“I don’t want all the land – just the land next to mine.”
The Old Testament is full of lessons we can use in today’s world if we will only apply them.
Sometimes the grass is not all that much greener on the other side as Lot quickly discovers.
In these verses, Abram has to rescue him from becoming a servant of Sodom – or even a worse fate.
The War of the Kings
And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). – Genesis 14:1-2 NASB
Wow! That’s a lot of kings! But remember, in the days of Lot and Abram, most cities had their own king, not like in later times when a king ruled an entire country or even a continent.
The Precept of War
Many times wars between these city states were merely financial as the defeated town had to pay “taxes” to the victor.
Lot and his family happened to be caught in the crossfire of one of these common wars.
A Small Army
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.
He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people. – Genesis 14:14-6 NASB
When Abram learned of the capture of Lot, he gathered together his meager 318 men and attacked Kedorlaomer ultimately rescuing Lot along with all his possessions.
Sodom and Gomorrah – Lure of Wealth for Lot
Most people today know the name of Sodom and Gomorrah and associate them with evil.
These two cities would later be destroyed by God for the sheer debauchery of the residents.
Lot, wanting riches and power, fell into the trap of moving into the area to improve his situation but found himself living near the two cities of sin — and, it almost cost him his life.
How Much Does It Cost to be Rich?
As for us, we can follow that same scenario, searching for riches only to discover we are having to compromise our values to get what we think we need.
All we really need in life is an ongoing relationship with God. He will provide for us if we just ask.
Is It a Sin to Have Money & Possessions?
If we keep goals in perspective with God at the helm we’ll be just fine.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to view this verse from John to find out more.
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