Abraham was drawn into a battle and took 318 of his servants with him. He defeated the enemy and set Lot free. Even though Lot lived in Sodom, Abraham still went after him. I’m thankful Jesus came after us. Verses 17-24 give us the illustration of what we face right now. The devil wants to abduct all that’s good in our lives. A meeting is ahead. A choice has to be made. It shouldn’t be unexpected. We encounter Satan in various forms every week. He comes many times in what appears to be a peaceful manner instead of combative.
Genesis 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale. 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. 21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
Satan is behind all the wickedness in the world today as he was at the time this event took place. He comes in first one form and then another. He’ll fight against us. We’re more alert to him during the fight than when he comes peacefully, but we must always be on our guard.
Abraham was returning home from the battle. At that time he was known as Abram the Hebrew, the traveler. God made him a soldier for this occasion and gave him victory. Lot was set free and should have learned a lesson, but he didn’t.
It’s a time of easy traveling for Abraham. The war was over; he had victory. There are two kings coming to meet him—both visits unknown. No matter how devil-free your life seems, remember he’s there ahead of you, just around the bend. Abraham didn’t realize this new king of Sodom was on his way, and he was just as bad as the one before him. The devil comes in various forms but he’s the same old devil. Whatever disguise he needs, he’ll put on. He’ll do whatever he thinks will get to you. This king thought he’d surprise Abraham and take back what was his. He thought he’d talk Abraham into it. You cannot bargain or negotiate with Satan. Don’t listen to him. Be wary at all times.
The other king paying a visit to Abraham was from Salem, the would-be Jerusalem, and a city of peace. The king of Sodom didn’t know the king of Salem was coming, but Melchizedek knew about him. Jesus knows where the devil is. He’ll be there when the devil confronts us and we don’t have to give in. You and I can side with the right king. The Bible says if we resist the devil he will flee from us.
Abraham came to the king’s dale, a lush green valley near the Jordon River. When your life feels like paradise and trouble free, the devil will come after you. Abraham knew it was the new king of Sodom and what he was up to. He then saw another king approaching who was not decked out as the king of Sodom. He wore plain garments of purity, not the flashiness of the other king. This king was concerned for Abraham. Our King is concerned about us. When the devil smiles at us, we can’t trust him. We can trust God. Our Savior is coming. You can side with him. The devil may appear desirable and all that you want he may offer from his hand. Don’t believe him. It’s all a lie.
Abraham saw through the king of Sodom. To be king of such a place he had to condone wicked sin. It’s just like the world today. The Bible says as it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Lord. We see it all round us. Any perversion of lust and sin is all right by today’s standards. The devil is rising all around us. Some would be attracted to the glitter of the king of Sodom and turned off by the plainness of the king of Salem. Melchizedek had something to give Abraham. He knew he needed refreshment after the battle. He had exactly what Abraham needed. All the devil has and promises is empty. What God offers may look outdated, but is the very thing we need. The purpose of life is in Jesus; only he has what we need. He’s the only one who can satisfy the soul. Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. The book of Hebrews tells us he is our high priest and is touched by our infirmities. We can go boldly to the throne of grace for help in the time of need. Our Savior has what we hunger and thirst for and what we need to defeat the devil.
The king of Sodom had no thanks for deliverance from the enemy. You’ll get no thanks from the devil. He’ll trick you back to where you were. It’s time to get out of Sodom and get Sodom out of us. Melchizedek may not have been flashy like the other king, but he had the right thing. Salem means peace. The king of Sodom offered no more than a lying handshake. Give me the people and keep the goods. That’s what the devil says to us. Keep your sins; give me your soul. The Bible asks us what profit is there to gain the whole world and lose the soul. What are goods? What is money? They fade. What Jesus gives lasts forever. Sodom is the taking of your soul in eternity. The devil knows time is about out. Everyone whose name is not written in the Book of Life will go the place of fire and brimstone with him. Trust the only one who seeks you with a loving heart.
Melchizedek blessed Abraham and gave him nourishment. The devil can’t do a thing for us. Our needs, in and out, are met only by Jesus. Melchizedek did right by Abraham. He remains. Jesus is forever a priest. The devil has an ending with the coming judgment. He knows he’s a loser. The only way to get back at God is to continually go after us.
There are two kings before you. The choice is yours. Abraham quickly walked over to Melchizedek and chose the king of peace lest the wrong king got to him. The devil tells us it’s okay; we don’t have to give God anything; we’ll only lose out. I’m telling you right now. I have not lost a thing by being a Christian. If you give into the devil, you’ll become his prisoner. Abraham wanted nothing from this king. He refused to take even a thread or shoelace from him. Verse 23 tells us what he told him. I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich.
Jesus is who he is. You see the real thing. You get what he promises. He sets the soul free. Abraham made his choice and renounced the king of Sodom. He sided with the king of peace. He kept traveling on and survived when others failed. Out of all the kingdoms in his day, Abraham and the city of Salem survived. The order of Melchizedek exists forever. God stays on the throne while all else falls aside. That’s why we have a choice.
Who will you side with? The choice is yours.