In Genesis 14, the king of
They lost, so the conquering horde plundered the cities of the losing kings.
As part of their plundering, they carried off Abraham’s nephew
I’ve read this story (1) a thousand times. This morning, some new thoughts crossed my mind.
• Uncle Abraham wasn’t trying to rescue five kings and five cities. He was rescuing his nephew (2). It also happens that we experience breakthrough as a side-effect of someone else’s breakthrough. Those might be worth looking for, too.
• I observe that Abraham’s relationships based on relationship, rather than on gathering for warfare. (3) (They were “allies”; Hebrew: “Men of covenant.”) At least in this situation, the covenant relationship seemed to contribute to the victory in battle over what appeared to be superior forces.
• That happened to Lot a second time a few chapters later, but this time (thanks to Uncle Abraham’s prayers), the angels chased
• It was Abraham’s prayers for the people of
(2) Genesis 14:14
(3) Genesis 14:13
(4) Genesis 19:15
(5) see also: https://bit.ly/2Tvx7hb
(5½) John 10:10
(6) Ge 18:23-33. See also Exodus 32:10-14; Ezekiel 22:30; Isaiah 59:16; Jeremiah 5:1; Psalm 106.23