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#125 ๐Ÿ’ฐ Two Witnesses, Genesis 13-14, Abram and Lot โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ v. ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคดโš”๏ธ


Abram and his nephew, Lot, lived together until their wealth and flocks outgrew their lands. They parted in separate directions and took the lands they saw before them.

So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him. Abram was very wealthy in livestock, in silver, and in gold. Genesis 13:1-2 MEV.

Abram was very wealthy and had over 300 servants in his household, comparable to a big corporation today. He settled in Bethel, where he had his tent from the beginning and made his first altar to God. "There Abram called on the name of the Lord." Genesis 13:3-4 MEV.


Lot also had a lot of wealth and livestock. But, both households got so big that the land could not contain them, which ensued strife among their herdsman.

Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land was not able to support them both dwelling together because their possessions were so great. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abramโ€™s livestock and the herdsmen of Lotโ€™s livestock. Genesis 13:5-7 MEV.
Please separate from me. If you will go to the left, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right, then I will go to the left. Genesis 13:9 MEV.

So, Lot went in the opposite direction, towards Jordan Valley, Sodom, and Gomorrah, before it was destroyed because of its wickedness. The Jordan Valley was lush and fertile land, referring to the garden of the Lord, i.e., the Garden of Eden. "It was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord." Genesis 13:10 MEV.

Then Lot chose for himself the entire valley of the Jordan and journeyed east, and the two of them separated from each other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the valley and pitched his tent as far as Sodom. Genesis 13:11-13 MEV.

Then the Lord spoke to Abram:

Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward. All the land that you see I will give to you and to your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants could also be numbered. Genesis 13:14-16 MEV.

God made a promise and everlasting covenant with Abram that all the land he could see would be for his descendants forever, and his descendants would become numerous that no one could number, like the dust of the earth. A future promise that could only be fulfilled in a new heaven and a new earth, as righteous people who will inherit the Kingdom of God. Abram obeyed God and settled in the oaks of Mamre, in Hebron.


In Genesis chapter 14, their drama explodes and Abram rescued Lot from the original Games of Thrones war between Mesopotamian Kings.

In the days that Amraphel was king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goyim, they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). All these were joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea). For twelve years they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. Genesis 14:1-4 MEV.

A war broke out around the Dead Sea area with four Kings against five. โš”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ v. ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคด๐Ÿคดโš”๏ธ


Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell in them, and the rest fled to the hill country. Then they took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and departed. They also took Lot, Abramโ€™s brotherโ€™s son, who lived in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way. Genesis 14:10-12 MEV.

The Kings under Kedorlaomer took Sodom and Gomorrah's possessions and kidnapped Lot. Abram rescued Lot with his 318 men and returned his recovered possessions to take none for himself.

When Abram heard that his relative was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants born in his own house and pursued them as far as Dan. During the night, he divided his men to attack them and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. He brought back all the possessions, along with his relative Lot and his possessions, and also the women and the people. Genesis 14:14-16 MEV.

After the victory, Melchizedek blessed Abram as the first High Priest, and Abraham gave him a tenth of his possessions as tithings.

Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.' Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:18-20 MEV.

Mark discussed Melchizedek as the original High Priest and its references in the New Testament. Melchizedek was a Canaanite priestly King of Jerusalem and was not of the Levite tribe of priesthood that God ordained. Despite this, he was well-regarded by Abram and accepted his blessings and authority. Perhaps a clue is given by the definition of his name to serve the God of the Bible rather than the Canaanite gods. Melchizedek means โ€œmelchโ€ means King, and "zedek" or "sedek" means righteousness; thus, "king Of righteousness," while Salem means "king of peace."

In the first place, his name is translated 'king of righteousness,' and then also he is king of Salem, which means 'king of peace.' Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he continually remains a priest. Hebrews 7:2-3 MEV.

Thus, Melchizedek served Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The only ones deemed righteous are those who have faith in God, the Most-High, Elohim, High Priest, etc.--all names of Jesus.


Melchizedek offered Abram bread and wine and blessed him in the name of the Most High God, who created heaven and earth. He established the priesthood and customs. The communion with bread and wine foreshadows Jesus becoming the ultimate High Priest to establish His new covenant with all people.

The Lord has sworn and will not change, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:4 MEV.

As the earthly priests came and went, Jesus is the ultimate High Priest who will last forever.

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to represent men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to have compassion on the ignorant and on those who are wayward, for he himself is also subject to weakness. Hebrews 5:1-2 MEV.
So also Christ did not glorify Himself to be made a High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: 'You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.' As He also says in another place: 'You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.' Hebrews 5:5-6 MEV.
Though He [Jesus] was a Son, He learned obedience through the things that He suffered and being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him, being designated by God a High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:8-10 MEV.

Even Jesus "learned obedience" through His sufferings and being made perfect. This summarizes that all prophets and God's people who came before Jesus learned obedience and trusted God through their sufferings. Yet, only Jesus was perfect in obedience to God and man.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 MEV.

God Himself established the priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek. Why him? Because he was a righteous King and Priest to serve Him, despite his lineage. This also demonstrates that genetics is unimportant, but the spirit recognizes God and believes in Him in faith. One's royalty or bloodline to Abraham does not save them, but their spiritual obedience to God and deemed righteousness through their faith allows them to enter the Kingdom of God.

This is far more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who becomes a priest not by a law pertaining to ancestry, but by the power of an endless life. Hebrews 7:15-16 MEV.
For there is then an annulling of the previous commandment due to its weakness and uselessness. For the law made nothing perfect, but now a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19 MEV.

We are now all under the new covenant as the old one expired.

The Lord has sworn and will not relent, 'You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.โ€™ Through this oath Jesus became the guarantor of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:21-22 MEV.
For such a High Priest was fitting for us, for He is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and is higher than the heavens. Unlike those high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrificesโ€”first for His own sins and then for the peopleโ€™s, for He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints men who are weak as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son who is made perfect forever. Hebrews 7:26-28 MEV.

All believers can now enter into rest through faith in Christ and obtain mercy and grace in times of need. For us, we ought to become mature Christians in teaching God's Words of righteousness, distinguishing good from evil.

For though by now you should be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God and have come to need milk rather than solid food. Everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. But solid food belongs to those who are mature, for those who, through practice have powers of discernment that are trained to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 MEV.

As such, our podcasts attempt to teach the principles of the oracles of God by using our powers of discernment, learning good from evil.


For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. There is no creature that is not revealed in His sight, for all things are bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4: 12-13 MEV.

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