Monday, July 6
Abraham’s Testimony to the Kings
Lot was a relative of Abraham and accompanied him on some of his travels. His choice of the well-watered Jordan valley brought him into the company of wicked men in Sodom (Gen. 13:1-13). He was then rescued first by Abraham (Gen. 14:11-16), and later by two angels (Genesis 19).
When Abraham heard that his relative Lot was in trouble, he decided to help him. In rescuing Lot, Abraham headed a military force or more than three hundred men of his own household. Numerous kings were involved in the battle for Sodom, and Abraham came out the victor.
Read Genesis 14:8-24. What did Abraham’s action say about his character and, hence, about his faith and his God?
To the kings he conquered, Abraham revealed the power of God. Even during this rescue mission, the “father of the faithful” did not lose his divine call to be a blessing to the nations.
“The worshipers of Jehovah had not only rendered a great service to the country, but had proved himself a man of valor. It was seen that righteousness is not cowardice, and that Abraham’s religion made him courageous in maintaining the right and defending the oppressed. His heroic act gave him a widespread influence among the surrounding tribes. On his return, the king do Sodom came out with his retinue to honor the conqueror. He bade him take the food, being only that the prisoners should be restored. By the usage of war, the spoils belonged to the conquerors; but Abraham had undertaken this expedition with no purpose of fain, and he refused to take advantage of the unfortunate, only stipulating that his confederates should receive the portion to which they were entitled.” – Ellen G. White, Patriarch and Prophets, p. 135.
Thins about your dealing with others. What kin do witness do they present to others about your faith?