Abram was instantly faced with two situations–the opportunity to give of what he had and an opportunity to take what was not his, in each case–he chose wisely! Abram saw God’s hand in his life and realized all that he had came from God. He was, therefore, happy to share a tenth of what he had to show his grateful heart. Conversely, the King of Sodom–offered to give Abram a great deal of plunder. Abram knew that these men, never gave anything without a payback. The king’s selfish nature could not give without an expectation of a return. Abram wisely refused to become tied with him.
In our lives, we are also faced with opportunities to be generous and to take from those that would demand a return. We have to be selfless to God and give generously. But, we must be wise in what we receive–or that may tie or entrap us to a world we want no affiliation with. Once again Choose this day whom you will serve–as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
God Bless You
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”