Genesis 14

War of the Kings

Before we start the business of looking at this chapter, I want us to have some perspective. We have Noah disembarking from the ark at the end of the flood and his family spreading. Without fear of contradiction, if the bible story is to be believed, the earth at this point in time is populated by Noah’s family, so unless a plausible explanation is proffered, we take it that the kings mentioned in this chapter, lived in a place where the flood did not reach. If this true, then we can stretch it further and say that they were created by a different skygod.

14 V1-3 is a report of the kings involved in a war i don’t know it’s purpose or source.

From V4 we have the progress of the wars and at the end we have Lot taken as spoils of war at V12

13 Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew[Why call him Abram the Hebrew? So far we know of only one Abram, why does this scribe have to give him a tribe?]. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were  allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative[did he not know that it’s his nephew?] had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan[Abram’s family are herdsmen and are 300m in number, how will they pursue and fight 4 armies of trained horsemen and soldiers or is this a comic? Since there is no mention of Abram’s god intervening, we can safely assume the scribe misinterpreted facts as told him by god or he created his own story]. 15  He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people[just a minute, are the possessions more important than the women and the people(slaves)?].

God’s Promise to Abram

17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 AndMelchizedek king of Salem[we will meet this guy later in the NT in Hebrews, so please keep that in mind] brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High[this must be taken there are other gods but Abram’s god is most high]. 19 He blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,

Melchizedeck blessing Abram

Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

He gave him a tenth of all[now you know why the pastor is always asking for a 1/10th of your earnings]. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High,  possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share[pause, a few chapters earlier, Abe pimped his wife for goats, slaves and donkeys. Now he is being given the same for free and he is declining to accept. Has something changed or has he just come to the realization that the first act was improper. The jury is out. I await your verdict].”

Genesis 13

Abram and Lot

13 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold[proceeds from pimping].He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.

Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together

Lot and his flock

 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land[ family strife between father of faith and his nephew? Couldn’t they just find a way to live in peace or is there something we are not being told].

 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers[how much livestock and slaves did these two families own to the point they could not stay together amicably?]. Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the  valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. 11 So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord [Now lets pose a while. A few chapters back every living thing was destroyed in a flood from most high, so where do the wicked people in Sodom come from? Every one on earth at this point in time is Noah’s descendant. Unless there are people who survived the flood or there were other people in existence not of Noah’s ancestry!]

14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “ Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15  for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever[why wait for Lot to leave? Does this God have preferential treatment? Is he just Abram’s God alone or is it the God of everyone?]. 16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered[ where will all this people stand?]. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the  oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord [Enough said, but just a thought, what material were they using to make their tents?].