Selected Writings 2

17 Mar

Today’s text: Genesis 14:16, 18-20:

Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people. (v. 16)

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.  And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” 

Abram saves Lot, delivering him from the enemy kings, and receives the blessing of God Most High, from the priest-king Melchizedek.  There is some amazing typology going on in this passage, revealing the consistent, and amazing, faithfulness of God to his people.

Abram serves as the kinsman redeemer, saving his relative, Lot.  Just like Boaz and Ruth, Christ and his Church.

God uses his chosen to save a people (Lot, his family, all their possessions), and be a blessing to the nations (like Sodom, Gomorrah, etc.).

Abram receives the blessings of God Most Hight through the priest-king, pointing ahead to a day when man would receive the immeasurable riches of God’s grace by the perfect prophet, priest, and king, Jesus Christ.

Immediately after this passage, God again covenants with Abram.  God declares that he will bless him.  And how?  Promising himself to Abram as a shield, and to give him the son needed to guarantee the perpetuity of the Covenant of Grace.

So what does this mean for me?  I can take confidence in the patterns, promises, and faithfulness of God to his people.  He will do what he has said he will do, and I need only to look to the cross to be reminded of this.  I can rejoice in this and, despite my fears, failures, and unfaithfulness, strive each day to live obediently in light of the Lord and his faithfulness.  Amen.

 

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