June 6th, 2019
Abram Did Not Want Sodom’s Spoils
Genesis 14:21-24 (KJB) And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
Abram refused to entertain himself with taking any of the spoils when offered by the King of Sodom. Though God did sometimes direct a man to take the spoils of another after a battle, the ancient context of this verse is that Abram refused to profit from the spoils that came from the throes of such a sin-laden place as was Sodom when offered by its king.
Anotherwards, taking these spoils was not directed by God and Abram was being careful in what he allowed in his life.
These verses are interesting to think about indeed, especially considering how some people, then and today, would enjoy becoming rich on the ills and perverse habits of others. It is true, a spiritually lost man does not often give much care where his new-found riches come from while a man of God will take time to consider any potential consequences.
Abram certainly made a good choice in this matter for there were both spiritual pros and cons of benefiting from such a windfall, including potentially severe eternal repercussions.
A modern example would be like getting involved with financially benefiting from the practice of Sodomy or even profiting from Medical Marijuana. Any man should think twice, like Abram, before choosing to benefit from something or someone which stands in opposition to the holiness of God.
Any person who desires to be pleasing to God must allow God to direct the desires of his heart. God will provide for his every need according to His timing, will, and way. We must be diligent and discriminating for not every financial opportunity or windfall in this world has God’s blessing written upon it.