Abram took 318 of his trained servants, along with his allies, the three Amorite brothers, Aner, Eshcol and Mamre, to war against four kings and their armies, who had captured his nephew Lot, when they warred against Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot lived. Abram won the war and recovered all the possessions and people that had been captured by these kings. The king of Sodom meets with Abram and asks him to return his people but keep his possession, but Abram refuses to take anything from the wicked king, except what his young men have eatern and the portion of the men and his allies, who went with him.
Points to ponder:
From this account, we can learn that Godly leaders, dont take anything for themselves, but make provisions to provide for their people. Here Abram makes arrangement for substance and sustenance for his people. Jesus, God and Leader over all, did not take anything for himself, but gave his own glory that he had with God the Father (Philippians 2:6-7), and became the one and eternal source of sustenance (giving eternal life) to all those who belong to him (his people). Do you belong to Jesus, for God provides for his people?
Genesis 14:21-24 (KJV)
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.