Most of us know that we often walk through valley places on our way to the mountaintop. It happens from time to time because life isn’t always going to be “good”. But this wasn’t the case with Abraham; he went into the valley from a place of victory after successfully rescuing his nephew Lot.
Genesis 13:14-18 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured…. he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them … Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.
Sometimes after victories come valley experiences; places where there is temptation due to extreme tiredness. In these times we are vulnerable and need to be extra vigilant. This was the case with Abraham in Genesis 14:17 as he went down into the valley of Shaveh to meet with two kings.
The first king
The first king who went out to meet Abraham was the king of Sodom. Now we know that Sodom represents wickedness and evil. What DID this king want?
Vs. 21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
This king wanted the “persons”. In the margin of my bible it also states that “persons” means souls.
Could the King of Sodom be symbolic of how Satan comes to tempt us in the valley? He isn’t concerned with our “stuff”, he wants “souls”.
Satan cannot touch God, who he hates, so he tries to hurt the thing that God loves most, His children.
Abraham’s reply in vs. 22 brings out some vital points that we can learn from:
“And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.”
- It was his commitment to God that kept him secure in the valley.
The King of Sodom came bearing wine and refreshments but Abraham was not deceived and he refused to partake of these offerings.
- · Satan tries to deceive with the very appearance of “good”, especially when we are tired from the battle and weary worn. Abraham didn’t fall into his trap.
The second king
There was a second king, the king of Salem, Melchizedek. This king brought Abraham bread and wine. Verse 18 tells us that he also was a priest of the most high God. Melchizedek is also a “type of Christ”.
- Abraham received a blessing and a promise from Melchizedek:
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all." (Genesis 14:17-20 KJV)
Two kings come bearing offerings of bread and wine to the weary soldier. Two very different reasons; one wanted “souls” and the other came to bless.
The first on the scene was the one who came to deceive but there is Another who never leaves us nor forsakes us. He is with us in the valley bringing blessing and refreshing to the weary soul.
We are not abandoned in the valley. God promises to be with us as He was with Abraham.