Daily Word

God’s in the battle | Genesis 14:13-16

13 Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

Genesis 14:13-16 (NASB)

Abram the protector

So Lot has been taken captive by King Chedorlaomer. What’s any good uncle do? There is no police force to call on to help. So he becomes a vigilante to go rescue him. Surely he heard about the conquests of King Chedorlaomer which were confirmed first hand from the fugitive, the one who had escaped. Yet he still goes. 

Abram’s army

Abram was living among the Amorites. We noticed yesterday that king Chedorlaomer conquered some of the Amorites (verse 7). So these guys were probably fire spittin’ mad and ready to take revenge. We can assume they went with Abram. As for Abram, he had 318 men all “born in his house”. These were not his sons (for that promise had yet to be fulfilled) but servants – probably acquired during his time in Egypt and prior in Haran. 

Abram the savior

Abram was a type of Christ as he saved Lot. Lot was living in sin and taken captive in it due to his bad choices. Abram, in love and faith, went to save him. I say it was in faith since Abram was clearly outnumbered and outgunned. 

There is no mention of God directing Abram…until we get to the blessing from Melchizadek tomorrow. Clearly God was with them in that such a small army could rout an immense 4-King army.


  • Jesus came to earth to save us, sinners who chose our own way and were captives to sin. We who repent and believe are rescued. “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
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