Little happened in Genesis Chapter 13, but it set up the story for Chapter 14. Abram and Lot, who were traveling together, split up. Abram moved to the land of Canaan and Lot moved near Sodom, a city we are told is wicked. Why? That we aren’t told yet. Let’s see where Chapter 14 takes us.
The first ten verses provide a background of the political climate in these lands. Several kings are warring against each other and we eventually learn:
“The four kings seized all of the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.” – Genesis 14:11-12
Lot has found himself in a world of trouble. Turns out he should have gone left and let Abram go right and deal with the troubles of Sodom. 🙂 Abram hears of this and takes many men to rescue Lot.
“He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” – Genesis 14:16
A few kings bless Abram and Abram gives the king of Sodom a tenth of everything. The king says:
“Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” – Genesis 14:21
Abram is having none of this and says:
“I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread of the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’” – Genesis 14:22-23
Okay, I will give Abram credit for not keeping the riches (he still keeps 90%, just the 10% he refused to take back), although his reason is a bit conceited.
“I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share.” – Genesis 14:24
Again, this seems nice of Abram, but let’s remember that we don’t know what ‘share’ means. We’ll later see that ‘share’ refers to the sharing of women captured. Thus we should be very leery of putting too much praise on Abram. Despite this, Chapter 14 is far from the most evil or deadly chapter in the Bible.
That concludes Chapter 14. Lot was captured and then rescued by Abram. The story of Lot and Abram has many more chapters, so this is just the beginning.
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 15: God’s Covenant with Abram