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Makes Lot A Prisoner of WarNow amongst their spoils we would find that they had also taken Abram's nephew Lot and all that he had as they left the land
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 14:1-14)
In the last article we'd learned that Abram and his nephew Lot - ended up departing from each. The reason behind this departure, deals with the fact, that a growing strife had begun to develop between their two camps.
In spite of this strife, Abram would end up giving Lot the option of choosing first, when it came to the place, he would prefer to settle at.
Lot would end up choosing the "plains of Jordan" to dwell at:
"Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, towards Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
"So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out towards the east. [And] the two men [Abram and Lot] parted company." - Genesis 13:10,11
And when it came to Abram, he'd decided to stay in the plains of Mamre.
Bible Study OnlineLot's Troubling Situation?
However that may have been, know that I personally believe, that when Lot had separated himself from Abram - it would seem that in the process, he'd also separated himself from God's provision and protection as well. Now the reason why I would make such a claim, deals with the fact, that a short while later... we now find, that Lot would soon find himself, involved in a troubling situation that had included nine different kings. And these kings had decided to go to war against each other.
Now this threat of war, came about, because for the past twelve years, the kings that had served under the administration of Chedorlaomer - had decided, that in this thirteenth year, they would rebel against the king of Sodom. Understand that these kings were four in number, and they had ruled the lands of Shinar (Chaldea), Elam (Persia), Ellasar and Goiim.
Bible Study OnlineThe Beginning of Chedorlaomer's Rebellion?
Also know that these kings had first started their rebellious attacks against the Rephaites (who were fierce warriors in the Canaan lands) who resided in the Palestine city of Ashteroth-Karnaim, and the Zuzites - who dwelt in a region east from the Jordan, that was known as Ham. Both clans would end up being defeated.
Then they went against and defeated the Emites (they were tall and big giant like warriors in the Canaan lands) that resided in a valley in Moab - that was known as Shaveh-Kiriathaim. And they'd also defeated the Horites - who'd lived in the mountainous, hill country of Seir. Then they return to Kadesh and defeated the entire country side of the Amalekites - along with the Amorites that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar.
Bible Study OnlineThe Vale of Siddim - a.k.a - The Salt Sea?
Now in the meantime the kings of: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and the king of Zoar - went out to try to crush the rebellion that was being led by Chedorlaomer. Know that these five kings would end up meeting Chedorlaomer and his rebellion, at what was known ,as "The Vale of Siddim" - which was a place that was full of slim and tar pits. Understand that the king of Sodom and his allies, thought that this place would be a great strategic move, that would have brought them an advantage, when they'd finally clash against Chedorlaomer and his rebels.
But unfortunately for them, they would be wrong in their assessment, being that Chedorlaomer and his rebel allies, would prove to be, too powerful for them to be stopped - even at the tar and slim pits. And because of this devastating miscalculation, the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah - were defeated at "The Vale of Siddim" - while the kings of Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar - had all fled to the nearby mountains.
Bible Study OnlineThe Spoils of War?
However, that may have been, Chedorlaomer and his rebel allies would end up laying waste, to the land that they had just conquered, while enriching themselves with its spoils. Now amongst their spoils, the Sacred Record would reveal, that they'd also taken Abram's nephew Lot, and all that he had as well, as they left the land.
But from out of the mist of war and defeat, one soldier would escape, while making his way to the land were Abram was now dwelling at. And the soldier told Abram, that his nephew Lot - had been taken prisoner by Chedorlaomer and his rebel allies.
Now it's here, where we find out a little bit more about how great a man Abram was? Being that, at this moment, we'd learned that after Abram had received the horrible news about his nephew Lot -- He instructed his men to get ready for battle. Now keep in mind, that Abram only had 318 men. So personally, I couldn't help but to wonder: "Would Abram's 318 men be enough to go against Chedorlaomer the Conqueror and his rebel allies?"
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So we'd learnt that Chedorlaomer and his rebel allies had defeated the Sodom king and his allies. And to make matters worse, they had taken Lot as their prisoner. But fortunately for him, a soldier would escape, and he'd made his way to the place where Abram dwelled. And it would be at this moment, that the soldier would give Abram the bad news about Lot. In the next article, we'll find out how Abram handle this news, and if he will do anything about it.
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