Good morning and welcome. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insights. Battle's front line throughout the history of wars and conflict. There have been numerous instances where smaller forces have won against larger forces. Such victories turned out to be pivotal in these conflicts and become inspiration to other forces. Their heroic and remarkable nature become entrenched in their respective cultures and some of these victories are attributed to an element of surprise complacency in the larger armies. Better strategy is better training or even craftiness in the capture of belgrade by fritz kill Greenberg during World War two, it is said that fritz sneaked through the enemy lines past thousands of men into the city With just six men fritz captured some trucks and yugoslav troops and paraded them as his own.
When he presented himself to the mayor on seeing the large force and I'm saying large force in quotes, the mayor surrendered to free its forces. When the troops saw men putting up german flags around the city, they gave up thinking that it was a general surrender. So by Billy Cowen's stories like every war story based on a conquest And domination. The story we are going to reach today begins at the end of a 12 year Dominion of a confederation of kings of a group of other kingdoms. And I was doing my research and I realized that this is the first war against kingdom that was fought or recorded in the bible. And this is in genesis chapter 14. So as usual, let's go ahead and have our dose of reading genesis chapter one verse one Genesis chapter 14 from verse 1 to 24 and at that time when I'm rafael was king of Sheena, Aryan, King of a Lhasa, Kid, Aloma, King of Elam and tidal king of given these kings went to war against vera, king of Sodom.
Bishop, King of Gorham, Gomorrah shine on King of Adama. She may be king of bohemia and the king of Bella that is oh all these latter kings joined forces in the valley of seeding. That is the dead sea valley for 12 years they had been subjected to Kedo Oma but in the 13th year they rebelled In the 14th year, Omar and the Kings Allied with him went out and defeated their efforts in ashes. Churov cannot seem the zoo sites in harm the termites in Chavez kiri dime and the horrid in the hill country of Syria as far as El Paran near the desert. Then they turned back and went to earn my spot that is Kardashian and they conquered the whole territory of the family cats as well as the camera.
It's who are living in has the zone Tama, then the king of Sodom, the King of Gomorrah, the king of Ad MMA. The king of Zeb Oya, the king of Bella that ISo marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Sidon against Quedo La Loma. King of Elam. Ta da King of G. um I'm Rafael, King of Chyna and King of Eliza four Kings against five. Now the Valley of Sidi 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. The four Kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their foods. Then they went away. They also carried off Abra Abrams nephew Lord and his possessions since he was living in solo.
A man who had escaped, came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew. Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mammary, the Amma right, a brother of Eshkol and Anna, all of whom were allied with Abraham. When Abram heard that his lucrative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as done during the night, Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them. As far as Khobar north of Damascus, he recovered all the goods and brought back his lucrative lord and his possession together with the women and the other people and the other people. After Abraham returned from defeating K Dolan Omar and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the valley of Shah V.
That is the king's Valley, then Melky Zedek, King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was Priest of God most high and he blessed Abra saying, blessed be Abram by God must tie creator of heaven and art and praise be to God most high who delivered your enemies into your hand. Then Abram gave him a 10th of everything. The king of Sodom say to Abram give me the people and keep the goods for yourself. But Abram said to the king of sodium with raised hands, I have sewn an oath to the Lord God most high creator of the heaven and earth that I will accept nothing belonging to you. Not even a thread or a strap over sandal so that you will never be able to say. I made a brown rich. I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me to an L.
S. Score and mama let them have their share wow. Oh so this was an interesting read with a lot of tough names to pronounce. But I I invited to read at your own time genesis chapter 14 and just practice pronouncing this king's name and the territories. It's quite interesting. So the five kings mentioned in this story joined against king Shido Roma and the other three kings who supported him because they wanted to be free of this Dominion. And I was looking through this and archaeologists have documented the plundering and destruction that these kings left behind in their attacks. They wiped out entire populations. They shattered monuments down. They laid the entire countryside to waste and left the entire area looking like an abandoned cemetery. And the bible says that during the wars the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, leaving the king chad Aloma and another king at the masses of the revolting kings.
And when Lord Abraham nephew was captured, Abram had to get involved. And so he gathered 300 and 18 men and went in pursuit. And I can't help but feel that Abraham after living with these people anticipated that something like this could happen. And so he kept an army ready. He must have been training these people and the word of the Lord says that Abram divided his army and attacked the revolting kings by night he rescued Lord and recovered his possession. So now I want you to imagine and I don't know if you can imagine the size of the army that Abram was against. These were five kings each with his own army and on the other hand he had Only 318 men. But Abram had military wisdom. He planned and executed his plan well but beyond his planned strategy, we see a man who was willing to leave his comfort and happiness to go after A man who had willingly decided to go and dwell among evil men.
You know, you know the story about how Lord decided to go and dwell in store. Um Yeah, we see a man who went the whole distance. A man who was willing to go through so much trouble and pull someone out of danger out of bondage? I don't know how many of us would be this daring to go after. Someone who has literally condemned themselves into the state they're in. Some of us would say, why should I bother preaching to them? It's not like they haven't heard the word of God before and rejected it. Why should I help them out of something they got themselves into? You know, sometimes we don't even try. You look at someone's condition and tell yourself this is too much for me. Someone is lost in addiction. But you tell yourself, nah, there's no way I'm getting involved in something like this. You know, sometimes all it takes is a little show of solidarity, A little effort and we can set into motion that the help that someone needs. But A brown took the first step into what seemed like an impossible question.
He put together the little Army he had and went in pursuit 318 men against five full armies. And I want you to take note that Abraham victory did not take place in a vacuum. He had trained his men. He had prepared and dedicated them for this purpose. That should there be ever conflict between him and the tribes surrounding him. He wouldn't be caught off guard. He would be prepared to fight back and I want to ask you today, How much do you invest in prayer? How much do you invest in preparation for spiritual world. Do you have a team that can stand by you in the front line? Do you have a support system that can, you can count on to hold you up in prayer or emotionally, economically or even physically? Or do you live in isolation? As we come to the end of the test to see Abraham having a conversation with the two kids who came to meet him after the victory, we see the King of Sodom giving Abraham a financial proposition.
He wants them to divide the process of war among themselves. But Abram sees through him and refuses to benefit from the misfortune of others. You see, you know sometimes we help people. We stand by them in their times of need. But when we want when we water all that done by seeking to be recognized for the help we offered, we want to be featured every time their story is mentioned, it should not be like that. Abram helped Lord, he helped the four kings recover what they had lost and left it at that. He wanted the credit for his success to go to the Lord. And this is what we see in the conversation that Abraham head will Melki Zedek the King of Salem the king blesses him and praises the Lord for delivering Abraham enemies into his hand. We say the other day that we are in a battle with forces greater than ourselves. We cannot afford to sit down and wait until they shall attack.
We must train ourselves. We must prepare through prayer. Through the word of God, we must have a team that can fight alongside us, a team that can stop what they're doing to stand with us when we need them and since not all of us are strong enough to withstand this barrel, I pray that we may be willing to come to the rescue of those in need. May we not hold back when a brother when a sister needs help in kind and in prayer? And like Abraham's victory didn't happen in a vacuum. May you have something that the Lord can work with? Just enough faith to get on your feet, enough faith to put what you have to work and let the Lord use it to bring victory in jesus name shalom. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insight and this is battles frontline day for