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Monday, April 30, 2012

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Lot’s choice to settle near the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah placed him in serious danger. When Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, united with his heathen allies and attacked Sodom, Lot was taken captive. Hearing the tragic news, Abraham marshaled his forces to deliver Lot. It is remarkable that Abraham did not lay blame on Lot for the choice he made to settle near Sodom. Neither did he exhibit an attitude of superiority and let Lot suffer the consequences of his poor choices. There are times that love acts recklessly. Love pursues, seeks, and wins back those who make poor choices. Certainly there are times for people to face the result of their choices but there are also times for love to act in spite of the choices others make.

 

It is well to note that when Abraham returned from the battle, he gave a tithe of the spoils to Melchizedek, the “priest of God the Most High”. In faithfully returning tithe, Abraham acknowledged the blessings of God upon his life. There is one other remarkable act of Abraham in this chapter we must not miss. Abraham refused to take even “a sandal strap” of the spoils for himself. He gave everything his men captured to the King of Sodom. Unselfish hearts and giving spirits open the channels of heaven’s storehouse of blessings to flow to us. 

 

- Mark Finley