27 April 2010

Abraham's war to rescue Lot

Here's one that I forgot to add to God's list.

It's about two of God's favorite people: Abraham and Lot.

God gave Abraham (God called him "Abram" back then) pretty much everything on earth, as far as he could see.

The LORD said unto Abram … Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward … All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Genesis 13:14-15
Lot had lots of stuff, too – too much stuff, in fact, to keep it all separate from Abraham’s.
Lot … had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. Genesis 13:5-6
So Lot decided to move to Sodom.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in … Sodom. Genesis 13:12
Soon after Lot got settled in Sodom, a war broke out between the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah and some of the other local kingdoms. The Sodomites were defeated and Lot was taken prisoner.
They took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. Genesis 14:12
That’s when Abraham got involved. He and 318 of his slaves took off after the anti-Sodomites.
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. Genesis 14:14
And they “smote” the heck out of them, chasing them all the way to Damascus.
He and his servants … smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. Genesis 14:15
Abraham brought back Lot, the women, and the Sodomite stuff.
And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people. Genesis 14:16
When Abraham returned “from the slaughter,” the king of Sodom went out to greet him, along with Melchizedek, “the priest of the most high God,” who brought some bread and wine.
The king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter … And Melchizedek … brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Genesis 14:17-18
(Melchizedek, by the way, had no father or mother, no beginning or end, just like the Son of God.)
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God. Hebrews 7:3
And Melchizedek thanked God for helping Abraham slaughter the anti-Sodomites.
Blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. Genesis 14:20a
Then Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the stuff he got in the slaughter.
And he gave him tithes of all. Genesis 14:20b
A nice fee for such a puny prayer.
(I gave this the usual 1000 for a regular God-assisted slaughter.)

God's next killing: Sodom and Gomorrah

6 comments:

busterggi said...

Where to begin on the idiocy of the bible on this?

Lot is a supposed to be a shepherd with huge flocks - since when do huge flocks of sheep graze in cities?

Abram was given all the land by Yahweh - wouldn't that put Abram in charge of Sodom & make him responsible for what was happening on his property?

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Matthew Blanchette said...

Somehow, I doubt the residents of Sodom would take kindly to Abram claiming that God gave him possession of all of their land...

skanksta said...

Wow - the bible is awesome.

How many more have been missed out ?!

ernesto said...

So god sent Abraham to slaughter the anti-sodomites?

Now that's what I call irony.

Tommy said...

I fail to see the part where "God told Abram" to do anything in this story. Maybe I'm just blind, but when I read the story I see a man who mounts a rescue mission for his brother, ends up saving a city in the process and refuses to accept any payment for the deed because he had sworn to his God that he wouldn't take anything from them. What I don't see is the part where God told Abram to do any of it.

Unless of course the mere fact of it being in the Bible means that God must be behind it. If that's the case, where's the murder of Abel?

Do you even realize that you're commenting on a text that is thousands of years old? Written in a culture totally different than ours and by some man who was himself in a culture probably removed from the actual events by thousands of years and relying on stories passed by word of mouth for generations? Of course the stories in Genesis are filled with anachronisms and facts that are just plain wrong. It would be (and is) ridiculous to claim otherwise!

You know, there is room for doubt and uncertainty and tough questions in the Christian faith. Many Christians would try to claim otherwise, but they're just building a house of cards. The existentialist within me refuses to simply sell my mind to a prescribed set of beliefs and practices blasted into my head from the time I was born.

Please recognize that its possible to have faith without giving up independent thought.

Steve Wells said...

Tommy,

I fail to see the part where "God told Abram" to do anything in this story.

The evidence is circumstantial, but still, I think, conclusive.

The story doesn't say that God told Abraham to fight the anti-Sodomites. But it does say that God delivered them into Abraham's hand.

"Blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand." Genesis 14:20.

Do you even realize that you're commenting on a text that is thousands of years old? Written in a culture totally different than ours and by some man who was himself in a culture probably removed from the actual events by thousands of years and relying on stories passed by word of mouth for generations? Of course the stories in Genesis are filled with anachronisms and facts that are just plain wrong. It would be (and is) ridiculous to claim otherwise!

Yes, I am aware of these things. That's why I don't believe in the Bible (among many other reasons). What is your excuse for believing in it, Tommy?