Monday, September 19, 2016

God Most High

21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”
Genesis 14:21-24, NKJV

God Most High

Genesis 14 closes with a conversation between Abram and the king of Sodom. We find the king of Sodom urging Abram to return the people of Sodom but to take all of the goods for himself. Because Abram was the one who rescued the people of Sodom, the spoils of the war belonged to him. 

However, we find Abram unwilling to take anything of the spoils of war for himself. He replied to the king of Sodom,  “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,  that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours." 

Why did Abram refuse to take any of the spoils of the war which he had earned by rescuing the people of Sodom? We find two interesting things in Abram's reply to the king. First, he acknowledged that he rescued the men of Sodom by the hand of the Lord, God Most High. He was not afraid to acknowledge the secret of his victory over the five kings. 

Second, Abram tells the king that he will not take the spoils of war lest the king of Sodom should say,
‘I have made Abram rich,’ Therefore he would only take what his young men had eaten, plus he allowed his men to take their portions of the spoils of war.

In other words, Abram was careful to guard the truth that all of his successes were not due to his greatness or to those who had given to him the spoils of war. All of his victories, successes, and even his riches were fruits of God's love and favor to him. He was stating that there was none greater than God. No man and no false God could claim a title that belonged only to Almighty God, the Most High of heaven above and the earth beneath.

What lessons are there for us from this final passage in Genesis 14? Abram is striking at the sin of pride. Probably our most difficult sin to fight is the sin of pride. In pride and arrogance, we want to take the credit for our successes. We want everyone to know and acknowledge how great and awesome we are. 

However, there is only One who is awesome. It is God who made us, directs us, leads us, and guides us all of the days of our lives. All of the great things we do--all of our successes are due to His greatness and glory alone!

Abram understood this; he was careful to give all of the glory for his successes to God Most High. Let us live this day this day to the praise, honor, and glory of our wondrous and faithful God.

God Bless You,
Linda

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