In the passage before us we see Abram’s faith and God’s sovereignty.
- Abraham’s Courageous Journey
Nothing is new under the sun – people are still fighting over the same ‘stuff’. The world’s leaders still oppose God as we read in Psalm 2, where the Psalmist invites them to “kiss the Son, lest He dash you to pieces”.
- Lot’s Captivation
It was a direct consequence of his decision to live in the presence of wicked people. In Genesis 19 we read of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah – the Lord raining fire and brimstone on these cities due to their sinful homosexuality.
Lot experienced trauma in the destruction of the cities and in the moral decay of his family.
- Abram’s Response
Abram was a real man who said he will go and rescue his nephew Lot, planning good tactics with the help of God.
- Abram’s Encounter
He met Melchizedek, the king of Salem who resembled the Son of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek (see Heb. 5:6; 6:20; Heb. 7). Jesus’ priesthood supersedes that of the Levitical order.
- Abram’s Refusal
Unlike today’s leaders, he did not take the gift offered to him by the king of Sodom.
We see God’s sovereignty in this chapter in spite of the darkness and depravity so prevalent in the world today. We must remind ourselves that God is in control. We see in the willingness of Abram to rescue the willingness of the Lord Jesus to come and rescue us, His kinsmen, by His blood and a rejection of earthly gain.