Genesis 14–Be Careful and Intentional With Whom you Associate

It was easy to see from early on the difference between peoples.  Lot had literally pitched his tent in Sodom among a very unsavory bunch of folks.  The kings of that area got into a fight with other unsavory kings and got their hats handed to them.  Sadly, by association, Lot, and all His stuff were captured and taken in the battle.


God had blessed Abram, Abram took out after the plundering kings and defeated them quickly and handily.  He returned his nephew and all that had been taken by the evil Kings.  At this point, one might consider why Lot did not move his life and family away from these evil losers. Abram was offered riches and plunder from the evil Kings but turned them down cold–He did not want anything to do with them.


God does his part to bless His chosen folks.  As they follow him closely he protects, provides, and prepares them for the battles that lie ahead.  Abram was prepared.  He handed 5 battle tested armies their rears in a sling.  Conversely, The Kings of the Jordan valley were smug, but useless. They talked a big game, but in the end simply were captured and defeated and only spared because of God’s grace and the help of a sheep and cattle rancher.


In our lives and culture, we have to follow God’s direction and lead.  Like Abram, we do not associate with evil men, even the prosperous ones.  They are self-centered and only care about their name and their stuff.  Instead, we associate with those that seek the Lord and with them we pray and walk daily to bring God glory with our lives.  It will make the difference as we face the enemy; and, it may just be a  way to introduce those evil folks to salvation given freely by the God that created them.


God Bless You


 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

13 A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother[b] of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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