Talks for Growing Christians
Abraham and Melchizedek; Abraham Refuses the King of Sodom's Offer
Lesson Number 31
- Melchizedek, the king of Salem, is a picture of Christ who encourages the believer.
- The king of Sodom is a picture of the prince of this world who tempts the believer.
- Let’s not try to get around tithing.
- Who was Melchizedek and why was he so distinct?
- How is Melchizedek a picture of Christ?
- What is a theophany? How does it relate to this story?
- How is the king of Sodom a picture of Satan?
- What was Abraham’s response to the king of Sodom?
- Melchizedek was the king of Salem (an ancient name for Jerusalem). In Psalm 110 and in Hebrews 7, we learn that he was also a priest. In him, there is both king and priest. He had no genealogy.
- Melchizedek was both king and priest. In the same way, our Lord Jesus is both our king and our high priest (Hebrews 6:20). Neither came from a priestly lineage. Melchizedek encouraged Abraham and they communed together in a fellowship meal of bread and wine. The Lord Jesus encourages the believer today and they commune together at the Lord’s Table.
- A theophany is the Lord Himself taking on the form of man. Some believe that this happened here in the person of Melchizedek.
- The king of Sodom offered Abraham the materialistic things of the world, trying to ensnare him.
- Read Abraham’s response to the king of Sodom in Genesis 14:22-23.
- Review Abraham’s response to the king of Sodom. How do you respond when you are offered things of the world?
- After Abraham experienced sweet fellowship with Melchizedek, he was tempted by the king of Sodom. Remember that you are more vulnerable to Satan’s temptations after a spiritual victory. How can you guard against this vulnerability?
- Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of all he had. Are you at least tithing?
- “He gave him a tithe of all.” Genesis 14:20