Why wouldn’t Abram be glad to claim the treasures he and his men obtained after routing the enemies of the 5 kings? It was a simple principle for Abram–he did not want to be tied to the king in any way–not even as a benefactor. There have always been those for whom even gifts come with a price tag–The King of Sodom was such a man. He wanted everyone to feel that they owed him. That is why Abram’s victory was so galling to him. Now he owed Abram, or so he thought.
The reality was that both Abram and the king of Sodom were indebted to God. Abram saw that, that is why he gave a tithe to Melchizedek. But, the King of Sodom wanted nothing to do with acknowledging God–so he was willing to give stuff to Abram–then Abram would be grateful. Abram was already grateful to the provider and protector of his life–God.
We are often faced with opportunities to align with the world–when we do we could be enriched and put in the spotlight. The problem is, when we become beholden to the world–no matter how innocently it happens, or how much we feel we deserve it–we are then beholden to someone other than the God who protects, provides and prepares us.
We need to live in the world, but, never be indebted to the world for our lives, family or property. We need to understand that God is our source and resource for all we are and all we have. When that realization becomes a part of our lives, then, like Abram, we will be free.
God Bless You
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.”