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,
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].”