“He teacheth my hands to war.”

Genesis 14:1-3, 10-24

Genesis 14:10-12

All is not gold that glitters. Lot had made a poor choice after all. Those believers who conform to the world must expect to suffer for it. For the sake of gain Lot went to Sodom, and now he loses all at a blow: if we are too careful to grow rich, the Lord can soon impoverish us.

Genesis 14:14

If our relatives desert us we must not desert them. Lot left Abram but Abram did not forget Lot.

Genesis 14:15-16

Thus whether in peace or war faith made Abram the victor; but, alas for poor Lot, his worldly conformity was not cured by his trouble, for he went back again to Sodom to reside in it. He was vexed by the sins of the city, but he loved the ease of its settled life.

Genesis 14:17, 18

When we are weary with fighting the Lord’s battles, we may expect that Jesus will appear to our refreshment.

Genesis 14:19

The Lord Jesus never meets his people without blessing them: his lips are like lilies dropping sweet-smelling myrrh.

Genesis 14:20

To our great Melchizedek we cheerfully offer of our substance. Melchizedek was rightly a receiver of Abram’s temporals, since Abram had received of his spirituals.

Genesis 14:21

He felt no interest in what was passing between Abram and Melchizedek, but broke in upon their holy intercourse with his secular business.

Genesis 14:22-24

What the king of Sodom offered was Abram’s due by the laws of war, but he would not take it. Sometimes it. is right to waive our rights. Abram felt that God could give him all he needed without his being beholden to the king of Sodom. Faith is royally independent of man. She will not give the world an opportunity to stop her glorying in the Lord. Jehovah All-sufficient is enough for us without our leaning upon an arm of flesh.

 

King of Salem, bless my soul!

Make a wounded sinner whole!

King of righteousness and peace,

Let not thy sweet visits cease!

 

Come, refresh this soul of mine

With thy sacred bread and wine!

All thy love to me unfold,

Half of which can not be told.

 

Hail, Melchizedek divine;

Great High-Priest, thou shalt be mine;

All my powers before thee fall;

Take not tithe, but take them all.

 

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