GENESIS Chapter 14 RESCUE OF LOT – THE TITHE I. Introduction A. Land not able to support Abram and Lot’s herds. 1. Lot had choice of all the Land. 1. Abram content with left over. B. AFTER separation the Lord restated His promise. 1. Proverbs 14:7-12 a) Decisions not based on the Word of God, end in disaster. b) If a Christian keeps such company – the Lord may wait ‘til they Leave a fool. (1) Be careful of the company we keep. C. Genesis 13:18 1. Mamre = “richness” Hebron = “communion”. a) Abram moves toward “richness”! (1) Who is the “fool?” (2) Chapter 14 = Abram’s love for his nephew. II. Genesis 14:1-12 A. Observation by J. Vernon McGee. 1. The Lord says it – you can trust it! a) These 5 nations paid tribute to Chedorlaomer. b) First war in the Bible is recorded! III. Genesis 14:13-16 A. Abram pursued those who stole his family. 1. Abram has 318 trained soldiers! B. We will return to Melchizedek. IV. Genesis 14:17 V. Genesis 14:21-24 A. “Code of Hammurabi allowed Abram to take possession of booty. 1. It was all his anyway. a) 1 Corinthians 15:33 b) King of Sodom was “bad company”! (1) 2 Corinthians 6:14 c) GLORY to go to the Lord! (1) Abram saw it as a trick and a trap! VI. CONCLUSION A. Abram given strength by Melchizedek. 1. 1Corinthians 10:13-15 2. Genesis 14:18-20 3. In Hebrews more information about Melchizedek. a) Hebrews 7:1-4 B. Important things: 1. Melchizedek = “King of Righteousness.” 2. Salem = “King of Peace.” 3. Melchizedek Priest of the Most High God. 4. Melchizedek a priest “continually.” 5. Melchizedek had no traceable heritage. 6. Melchizedek like the Son of God. a) Abram paid tithes to Him! (1) The Lord met Abram that day! (a) Last point: (i) Abram takes nothing for himself. (ii) Paid tribute to Melchizedek. (a) Gave of what he already possessed! (b) He gave what was his.
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