19. And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, possessor and maker of heaven and earth,
20. And blessed, praised and glorified be God Most High Who has given your foes into your hand! And Abram gave him a tenth of all he had taken. Amp.
Abram heard that the kings of the land went to battle against the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela and who were overthrown (vs. 1-8). The victors took all the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah, all the supply of provisions and Lot, Abram’s nephew (vs. 11-12).
When Abram heard this, he took his army of 318 servants and went after Lot. He brought back all the goods that were taken. That is when he met Melchizedek king of Salem (later called Jerusalem). He brought nourishment for them and blessed them as he was the priest of God Most High vs. 18.
Abram went after soldiers who were probably good at taking over cities. Abram went out with his servants. It says they were trained, but how could they compete against armed soldiers? He not only got his nephew Lot back, but recovered all they had stolen from Sodom and Gomorrah.
Melchizedek means king of right in the Hebrew. He was making sure that Abram knew where his victory came from. There are many ways that the Almighty revealed Himself to Abram. This time He was the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth. He wanted him to learn this part of just Who He Is.
He must have had quite a lot of wealth and goods, probably wagonload after wagonload. He had to learn who really owned everything and who gave him the victory. So he gave a tenth to Melchizedek, which was probably quite a lot. He gave some to the men and gave the rest back to the king of Sodom as he said,
“I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the possessor and maker of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.” vs.22-23
What does this mean to us? God is still the possessor and maker of heaven and earth. How would we handle the same situation Abram was given? If He is our provider and everything belongs to Him, we should never have a worry about our needs being met. We can trust Him to bring our loved ones back from enemy lines without us touching the spoil.
In one of David Wilkerson’s messages, I remember him talking about a school that had just been built. It was built by a great man of faith who was praying for food for the school. He received a phone call from a truck driver who was broken down with a truck full of food that was going to go bad. He had to find a freezer warehouse big enough to store it in because there was so much food.
If we only had faith like some of the great men of faith and like Abram, we would have all of our needs abundantly met by the One Who Possesses everything!