Genesis 14:17 states that the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram after he had defeated (slaughtered) the powerful king of Elam, Chedorlaomer, and the three other kings (Amraphel of Shinar, Arioch of Ellasar, and Tidal of Nations/Goiim) allied with him, in the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s valley (dale). Abram was never a king, nor was he a king, even though the people of the land, thought of him as a mighty prince amongst them (Genesis 23:6) and yet, here we see that, in a time and culture, where one would need to wait and/or be invited to have audience with a king, a king himself seeks audience with Abram.
God was with Abram and granted him victory over the four kings and their armies (as we learn from the blessing, that Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, blesses Abram with – Genesis 14:20). God was on Abram’s side, which meant certain victory, so much so that even a fugitive king of Sodom comes to see him.
Points to ponder:
When God is on our side, even kings will come to see us. Do you think that kings will seek audience with you? In other words, is God on your side and is he fighting your battles? Think about it!
Genesis 14:17 (KJV)
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.