Day 3: Lech Lecha/Genesis 14:1-20
War waged between men in the days of Abram and Lot. Along with holdovers from the divided nations who still believed they could dominate their world, there were others that were righteous. They may not have rule nations but they would stand up for Elohim, His statutes, and people. Those that would stand up for Elohim were not designated by earthly kings to be royal or stately. As a matter of fact, one was called a wandering Aramean and had only the call of Elohim upon his life. Of course, this is Abram.
Abram faced the armies of the four eastern kings with only 318 men. It should stand to reason that the offending armies were easily hosting more soldiers than that. Abram knew that brute strength and numbers would not win the war, nor gain his nephew back. It would take the Ruach of Elohim to fight for his army and on his behalf. Only then could he stand against a force that was already dominating the region.
Interestingly enough, King Chedorlaomer and the kings with him had conquered several areas that Israel would overtake, plus some. This enemy and their conquered lands is a prelude to Israel’s traipse into the Promised Land but were unwilling to take hold of their inheritance. The enemy slew the Amalekites, the Amorites, those of wickedness living in the valley surrounding the Salt Sea, and they slew a people of Canaan living in Kadesh/the Negev, which Israel would refuse to fight upon the report of the ten spies. It would seem that these conquering kings were assumed to be evil, that in reality, they were wiping out all the enemies of Elohim showing a future to Israel in which taking the land could be done with a less powerful fighting force than an opposing enemy.
Abram may not have been a king, nor a called-out priest recognized by men of the earth, but he was both of these to the Elohim he served. The favor of Elohim was upon him as he would do the work and service of the Master. Abram was a picture of another anointed one—Melchizedek, King of Salem, a priest of Elohim Most High. Much conjecture can be made about this undefined person. His name, though, means King of Righteousness (Melchizedek), the King of Peace (King of Salem). By name in spirit and in the flesh, this King represented both man and Elohim in royalty and in service. His name represented not an earth-based blind peacefulness, but the peace that each man is to pursue between himself and the Creator. Not only was Melchizedek the King of this description, but a Priest that would bring others to the One He represented. A later account in Ezekiel 44 gives an account of who Melchizedek’s sons will be and by what standard they will abide.
Still, later in the Brit Hadasha/New or Renewed Covenant, Yeshua is singled out as the only One Who could possibly be Melchizedek and He anoints His followers, Covenant keepers, us, as His kings and priests in His order, the order of Melchizedek.
Like our father Abraham, we look to Messiah’s day and rejoice, both back at His passion and forward to His return, rule, and reign. The kings of this earth have surrounded the anointed of YHVH, but as the kings and priests Yeshua calls us to be, we are stronger, mightier, and have greater passion and vision than the kings of the earth. It is by the blood and Life of Messiah we have inherited this strength and it only comes through His Ruach haKodesh. We can, in His Yeshua’s Name, defeat all foes as He calls us to action and performs His will on earth through us. Some will bear the sword or muster the elect as Abram did. Others will stand in intercession and serve Elohim Most High in the same office of Melchizedek.
War is being waged no matter the call. It is the same war as in Abram’s day being played out in spirit and in flesh. How will we react? In what way will we stand guard over our own lives against the siege set against the elect? How do we answer our call to be kings and priests, right now?
Dwell upon Exodus 19:5-6, “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”