In Genesis Chapter 14 Abram meets the first kings mentioned in the Bible.
Do you know which one Jesus Christ is likened to? Also, how did Abram rescue his nephew?
Review chapter 14 to develop the following tables to help better understand the information provided in the text.
1. From verse one, who were the four kings who waged war?
2. Use the table below to draw on the map provided (click here) the route the kings took to battle the different people groups.
To assist you, here's a list of who was defeated by the invading kings from from verses 5, 6, 7, & 8.
3. Draw on the map provided what the route was that Abram likely took when he chased and ambushed the invading kings to rescue his nephew Lot.
4. Where was Lot living according to verse 12 and what does it tell you about him?
5. In the first sixteen verses of Genesis chapter 14 we learn of nine kings. It says four kings attacked and defeated five kings. Then in verses seventeen and eighteen, we learn of a tenth king. What’s different about this tenth king?
6. Compare the two kings mentioned in verses 18-21.
7. Some might think that Abram won the battle because he conducted a surprise attack at night (verse 15). Others might think that Abram won because he had 318 trained men to fight (verse 14) or that he had greater numbers because of his treaty with Mamre, Eshcol, and Aner (verse 13).
However, this tenth king offers different perspective. What’s the reason he provides for Abram’s victory and in what verse did you find the answer?
8. Abram faced a situation many of us in life face today. When we achieve a measure of success in an endeavor we’re often recognized with a pay raise, a promotion, a trophy, a certificate, a new title, greater responsibilities, or held up as an example for others to emulate.
When this happens we can be tempted to be prideful and give ourselves credit for our achievements and reward ourselves with things like a new car, a new pair of shoes, a splurge on the town, or perhaps a fancy dinner celebration.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the celebration of an achievement, we can make a mistake if we improperly attribute the reason for our achievements without regard for the sovereignty of God.
Identify one thing can you do to give God credit whenever you achieve something in your life.
9. Abram gave the High Priest Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils of the battle to honor God. Abram’s giving was an act of worship to the most High God. He publicly separated a tenth of the spoils of war and gave them to God through His servant and priest - Melchizedek.
Then Abram publicly declares that his blessings are from the Most High God, and that he will not allow the king of Sodom to claim otherwise. He refuses to keep anything belonging to the Sodomites so that they cannot claim that their possessions made Abram rich.
Abram wanted all to know that his blessings and riches came only from the Most High God. What about you? Do you acknowledge God with your possessions and money? Everybody can do so; even if you have no money you can donate your time and talents to your church in service to God.
In what ways do you, or can you, acknowledge God with your time, your talents, your possessions, and your money?
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We pray this Bible Study on Genesis Chapter 14 has been a blessing to you.