Abram the Hebrew

In the account detailing how “Abram the Hebrew” (Gen 14:13) defeated Chedorlaomer and other kings, attention is usually given to the mysterious Melchizedek in Genesis 14:19-20.

Today, though, I note two things about Abram the Hebrew–

  1. Abram did not allow men to control his actions (vv. 13-16). From a human perspective he was hopelessly outmanned (318 to thousands, no doubt). From a military perspective he foolishly divided his force (14:15). Yet Abram, like David later (1 Sam 17:45-47), trusted in His God, “possessor of heaven and earth” rather than in military strength or wisdom.
  2. Abram did not allow men to have a claim on him (vv. 17-24). He was subservient only to the “Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth.”

Lord, may I fear you alone and be indebted to you alone.

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