We continue this week with our devotional series based on the book Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos. Last week we looked at how Abraham had a choice to make - take the "spoils" of foreign kings he had defeated in battle or reject them because they would lead him astray from God. To be honest, it wasn't the wealth that was the problem, it was a matter of pride. Who was to be given credit for the victory? Abraham or God? Sometimes choosing God's best for us requires us to give up something we perceive as good
Week 7: Read Genesis 14:18-20
Who is Melchizedek really? Why does he appear in later scriptures? Why would Abraham give him a tenth? And how did he come to worship God?
"For our purpose, we want to pay attention to what Melchizedek had to do with Abraham's story. Which in reality, wasn't much. It's likely he approached Abraham alongside the king of Sodom [who we read about last week]. Both had a very different response to Abraham, and consequently, God had a very different response to them.
No one can say for sure who Melchizedek was exactly, or how he came to serve the same God as Abraham. What is clear is that when he declared a blessing over Abraham, he invoked the blessing of God upon himself. Here we see one of the promises made to Abraham come true: 'I will bless those who bless you.' Melchizedek went on to become a very important symbol for Christ in the Old Testament. I can't but believe that was a result of his treatment of Abraham. Because he took a risk in front of his fellow kings and blessed this foreigner, God rewarded him.
Who has God called you to bless, to stand up for, to defend, to clothe, to encourage? I believe deeply that God is most satisfied when He sees His children helping one another. And when God is satisfied, God's blessings follow."
Takeaway from today's lesson: God blesses us when we help and bless others.
Prayer: God, I know you love and care for us, and that you often do this through the actions of those who believe in You. Please give me eyes to see opportunities to help others and the courage to follow through. Amen.