Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.
In Genesis 14, we find that five kings (including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah) marched out against four kings. However, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, leaving their cities open to trouble. The four kings seized the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and some people, including Abram’s nephew Lot.
When Abram found out that his nephew had been taken captive, he rounded up a posse from the 318 born in his household. The men strategized and pursued until they recovered the people and goods that were stolen by the four kings.
The grateful king of Sodom came out to meet Abram to receive the people who belonged to him. He wanted to pay Abram for his help, but Abram would only accept food for his men and a share of the goods for the men who fought with him. Abram wouldn’t accept payment for himself.
So where was Melchizedek in all this?
As soon as Abram returned from the victorious battle, he brought a tenth of the goods to Melchizedek, who served Abram bread and wine. He was described as Melchizedek king of Salem, priest of God Most High. Abram received this priest’s blessing (above) in Genesis 14:19-20.
From Hebrews 7, we know that Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”, and king of Salem means “king of peace.” This priest was on hand to represent God in celebration of the victory. God had helped Abram get back what was stolen, and Abram knew it. Abram didn’t suffer from greediness because he knew that no man could make him as rich as God could. He didn’t depend on man for his wealth because he knew God.
Melchizedek was aware of Abram’s heart. He was available to Abram for the blessing from God’s priest, the king of righteousness.
Have you prayed for God’s blessing to be on the church workers in your area? I know they’re praying for God’s blessing over the Abrams of your town.