al-Qaida, HAMAS, Taliban, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, ISIS, ISIL.
Genesis Fourteen gives an account of the very first war…ever…four kings verses five kings. As a non-theologian, I skim the names of the kings and names of the territories they ruled and think, “Uh huh, Bible-time kings. Bible-time places.” But no.
The war that began in Genesis Fourteen is still being fought today. The territories of the four kings (Elam, Shinar, Ellasar, Goiim) occupied modern day Iran and Iraq. And the territories of the five kings, who waged war against them (Admah, Sodom, Gomorrah, Zeboiim, Bela), occupied modern day Israel and Jordan. Sound familiar?
Maybe it’s just me, but I find it ironic that world leaders today (and passionate candidates) claim to know how to fix the middle east conflict. Genesis Fourteen sends a profound and humble message that God is aware of it and that it will only be fixed by him…in his time.
Please don’t misunderstand. I’m the proud mom of three sons serving actively in the military, defending our country and the ideals on which it was founded. But here’s the thing. While we must stand for Godly principles and protect our world and nation from terror, we absolutely have to remember that the battle is God’s. When we forget that, our legs are cut from under us.
Just as Abram took his trained special forces to defend Lot and defeat Elam and their allies, our nation must also be prepared to defend and defeat terror. But we must do it on our knees, seeking God’s direction and help. Abram’s source of wisdom and power came from God Most High (vs.19-20). Not CNN or FOX News.
In a frightening world, focus is essential. May my focus, and that of our nation’s leaders, by stubbornly fixed on God and his Truth…every day.
Side Note: In Genesis 13:13, Sodom is referred to as wicked and sinning greatly against the Lord. Although Sodom was avenged in the war in Genesis Fourteen, it seems to be for the purpose of rescuing Lot rather than the territory itself. Their judgment comes later.