Prayer-Lord, open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
1 At this time Amraphel king of Shinar, [
] Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim 2 went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (the Salt Sea [b] ). 4 For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim 6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran near the desert. 7 Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills. 11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.
Why is this important? What can we learn? Lot wanted the easy life, and settled in Sodom, and became even more successful as a businessman. There was a price to pay for this success. He had to be around evil people and some of the evil rubbed off on him.
Evidentially, this King Kedorlaomer was a very powerful king. He had conquered Sodom and Gomorrah years earlier, and now these cities decided to stop paying tribute, or the ransom. So they go out to fight the powerful king who is coming to re-subdue them. When the fighting starts, the kings of Sodom flee, leaving the city wide open. Kedorlaomer sacked the cities and carried off captives to be sold into slavery, including Abrams nephew Lot.
Lot found that there is a price for easy living. He had trusted the kings and armies of Sodom, and they turned out to be fair weather friends. When we trust other people instead of trusting in the Lord, bad things can happen. Sometimes bad times can be opportunities for spiritual growth, as Lot will find out.
Prayer- Lord,. Help us remember that the easy way is not always the best way. Help us recognize the way YOU would have us go, because as long as we serve you, that will be the best way. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do-Read Genesis 14:13-24. Are your friends good for you? Do they know God? Or will they flee when times get tough.