Saved By Grace for Grace
Lord God, how great You are! Intensify my awareness of Your love and speak Your will clearly to me now.
Read Genesis 14:1-24
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“It was necessary not only that Christ should live and die obediently, but that he should offer his body. Thus was consummated the perfect sacrifice, by the perfect Priest” (Leon Morris).
I read this chapter a couple of times, slowly, as if watching a short YouTube video: the images cascade rapidly over one another in fascinating and tantalizing detail. See all the names–of people and of places; the bitumen pits, Abram’s 318 trained retainers, the curious phrase “Abram the Hebrew,” as if he was just being introduced, the explanatory phrases in brackets, the clash and din of armies, the cries, the fear, the loot. My attention focuses on the four main characters: Lot, the king of Sodom, Melchizedek and Abram, who has the last word.
Lot continues his downward path: he pitched his tent near Sodom in 13:12; now he is living in Sodom (12); soon he will be a respected citizen, sitting in the town’s main square; Abram, nevertheless, treats him like a brother.
Returning from his swift and successful night-time rescue, Abram meets two kings in King’s Valley: the king of Sodom, and the king of Jerusalem. The king of Sodom is ungrateful, rude and abrupt: “Give me the people; the property, take yourself!” is all he has to say. Abram had allowed the Pharaoh to make him rich. Why does he refuse to take as much as a sandal-thong from the king of Sodom? I ponder the mysterious exchange between Abram and the priest-king Melchizedek, the banquet, the blessing, the tithe. Perhaps the God Most High (three times repeated) is the fifth and the most important character in this story. The Israelites were frequently disappointed by their kings in Old Testament times; their hopes were thrown forward towards a Messianic priest-king (See Psa. 100, the psalm most frequently quoted in the New Testament). Hebrews 7 offers a delightful meditation on Jesus, our king, our priest, our righteousness. He is the banquet, the bread and wine we need.
Read Hebrews 7:11-28. Ponder what it means to us for Jesus to be who he is as outlined in vs. 11-28.
Jesus, King of righteousness, God most high and lowly Savior, I bow down before You and offer You myself, my all.
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