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October 29, 2018

The Possessor Will Provide: Part 1

“Every animal in the forest belongs to Me, and so do the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds in the mountains, and every wild creature is in My care.  If I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you, because I own the world and everything in it.” Psalm 50:10-12 (CEV)

God is the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth.  He owns the world and everything in it!  He is the Maker of all the mountains; He is the Creator of the solar system; He is the Designer of your DNA!  That means there is no problem in our lives that is too great for His power and no concern too small for His care.

Abraham, the father of faith, discovered this when God called him to go to a place he had never been before.  It became a journey of faith where God would show Himself to Abraham as the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, assuring Abraham of His love, provision and power. When threatened in this new land by an enemy that kidnapped his nephew, Lot, and looted the city of Sodom where Lot lived, Abraham responded.  Though outnumbered, the Bible says Abraham took 318 of his men and set out in pursuit of the army that had taken his nephew captive.  Not only did he save his nephew’s life, but Abraham and his men also recovered all the goods and people of the city that the enemy had taken. When he returned from the battle, two kings met him.  The first was the King of Sodom, the city that had been attacked, and the other was Melchizedek, the King of Salem.  Abraham’s encounter with these two kings reveal deep spiritual insights into the nature of God and how we can align our lives to the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth to experience His provision and power to make a way in our lives when there seems to be no way!

“Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High, And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken]. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons and keep the goods for yourself. But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, That I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich. … AFTER THESE things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.” Genesis 14:18-23, 15:1 (Ampl)

What a contrast in these two Kings and Abraham’s encounter with them.  Melchizedek was the King of Salem. Salem means “peace.”  Melchizedek means “King of Righteousness.”  He is called “the Priest of God Most High.”  Who do these descriptions remind you of?  Most Bible scholars see Melchizedek as a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament – a theophany, a visible manifestation of the Son of God. Melchizedek blessed Abraham saying,

“Blessed (favored with blessings, make blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand!  And Abram gave him a tenth of all he had taken.”  Genesis 14:19-20 (Ampl)

Abraham understood that it was the Most High God that had given him victory over the enemy armies that had taken his nephew and all the people and possessions of Sodom.  So when, the King of Sodom offered to pay him for rescuing his city, Abraham refused to take any credit for the victory.  He responded,

“But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, That I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.” Gen. 14:22-23 (Ampl)

When we understand that God is the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, we can rest in His ability to make a way where there seems to be no way.  We can pray, “Maker, make a way.”  We can trust that the Possessor will provide!  Abraham didn’t need anything from the King of Sodom.  God was his provider and sustainer!

“AFTER THESE things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.’”  Genesis 15:1 (Ampl)

Tomorrow, we will discover how we can align our hearts with the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth as Abraham did and experience the blessing.