First mention of war? A fight for family …

 The Book of Genesis, the Book of beginnings. First mention of many things.

Today, with so much fighting going on.With great trouble today, lies and hate and violence, what does the Bible have to say about war? The first mention of war in the Bible we find, is for family. Yes, family is worth fighting for.

But this wasn’t about money or possessions or even land – this was over Family. So Abram arms himself and gets everyone involved and most importantly, God was with him.

So what do we do? We gather our weapons:

2 Corinthians 10 3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down
arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…”

We believe God and we pray.

In  Genesis 14:14,  we are in the middle of a story,  “Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive…”

So, Abram heard that his brother was taken captive. Abram was just a man, but who was he? He was a man who ‘believed God’ and ‘it was accounted to him for righteousness’.  (Genesis 15:6). The greatest work that Abraham did was to ‘believe God!’

Today, are we like Abram? You and me? Are we those who ‘believe God’? Do we pray to Him?  When we call on Him as, ‘our Father in heaven’,  and believe in the provision of His Son, we are His children. Abram feared God, not man.

Do you know someone who has been taken captive?

“Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his house, and went in pursuit…” Gen. 14:14.

Basically Abram gathered all of those in his family and they went to war against the 4 kings( little ‘k’ kings,) that had taken his nephew Lot captive.
Abram went to war, because his nephew had been taken captive and he went out against the enemy with his family to claim back that which belonged to him.
Abram believed God, and God was with him.

Genesis 14:15,”He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as … So he brought back his brother Lot and his goods…

This is the first mention of ‘war’ in the Bible? This wasn’t about money or possessions or even land – this was over Family. So Abram arms himself and gets everyone involved and most importantly, God was with him.

So what do we do? We gather our weapons:

2 Corinthians 10 3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down
arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…”

We believe God and we pray.

Abram and his servants, because God was with them, smote the enemy, …but look who’s coming,
Gen 14:17, “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him”

Sodom? Doesn’t that name ring a bell? Sodom and Gomorah, the destroyed cities by fire and brimstone? Yes, the king of Sodom went out to meet him. Of course – here comes the enemy – this is a picture of Satan, right here in this story.

But, the very next verse seems to come out of nowhere-
Gen. 14:18, “Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High…”

The mysterious King of Salem.  Salem means Peace.

The Prince of Peace comes and  brings out bread and wine. The King of Salem did not fight or defend, he brought bread and wine.
The symbols of the cross. And he showed up the same time that the king of Sodom did.

There is a choice to be made. Abram had words for the king of Sodom after he had payed tithes to the King of Salem:
Gen. 14:22-23, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth…”
‘Prayer changes things’.
There is power over the temptations of Sodom, the attacks of the enemy, the overwhelming desire to sin. Where is the power?
Abram made a decision. He paid tithes to the King of Salem, (the Prince of Peace) and he then spoke to the  king of Sodom: “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth…”

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom, and and the power and the glory forever.

Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13.

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Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

1 thought on “First mention of war? A fight for family …”

  1. “He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Ps. 23.

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