The study of the names of God ultimately brings one back to the most glorious truth–God is most high. There is no authority greater. While it is easy to say, grasping the concept that God literally controls everything is nearly unfathomable. When one approaches God in prayer, there is not an option to speak to a supervisor. He is the most powerful, the most knowledgeable, the singly most important being in the universe.
When Abraham saved his nephew from the battling kings in the valley of Jordan, he was met by the King of Salem and the king of Sodom. When he met the King of Salem (Melchizedek)-the king was also the high priest of El Elyon–God Most High! In humility, Abraham gave as an offering–1/10th of the treasure he recovered, to say thank you. Abraham knew the victory was won at the direction, and with the help of the God who was large, and in charge.
Conversely, he was offered treasure by the King of Sodom, and he flatly turned it down. Abraham knew–1. the treasure was not his to give, and 2. It would come with a price. The latter king had no authority or power–and would later be destroyed–due to his sin and evil.
This scenario continues to play out in our lives still today. We face trials and tests and are confronted with the opportunity to trust El Elyon, or, we can trust the world leadership. Without doubt, It is El Elyon that carries all the authority and power. We should, as Abraham, humbly bow to the God Most High.
But we are chased by the world and promised untold riches and power. Those promises ring very hollow. The world powers are as unstable as the world itself. They possess no real authority, nor do they have any real power other than that granted by God. We are, therefore, reminded, like Abraham, to seek God–El Elyon. Jesus said it best in his Sermon on the Mount, “Seek first the Kingdom of El Elyon and his righteousness; and, all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. If we will seek God first, then, we will be going to the top and receiving all from the only true authority, God Most High!
God Bless You
When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. 15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.
Melchizedek Blesses Abram
17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing:
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High,
who has defeated your enemies for you.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.