Saturday, August 1, 2009

God Helps Abram Win a Mighty Battle

By Mary Vee

On Wednesday we talked about the big bad King Elam and his three other king friends who fought the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and their three king friends. (Did you keep all those kings straight in your mind?)

The Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and their friends screamed when they saw King Elams huge army and ran for the hills. Some of the soldiers fell in tar pits. While they were gone, King Elam and his king friends said, "Ha Ha" and stole everything they could from the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah including Abram's nephew, Lot and his family.

One of Lot's servants escaped and ran 36 miles up a mountain to where Abram was living. Huffing because he was out of breath, he told Abram about the battle and how wicked King Elam took Lot and his family as prisoners.

Abram took 318 trained fighting men who had been born in his household to track down and save Lot. They traveled more than 120 miles to a place north of Damascus to conquer King Elam. They won! Abram and his men rescued all the people from Sodom and Gomorrah, including Lot and his family. He brought them back to place near Jerusalem.

The King of Sodom and the King of Gomorrah came and thanked Abram. "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself."

Abram said, "No thank you." He didn't want the King of Sodom to ever say "Abram was rich because of him."

The King of Salem, which is now called Jerusalem, watched. He was a priest of God Most High. He blessed Abram for his faithfulness saying: "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed by God Most High, who delvered your enemies into your hand."

Because of Abram's faithfulness to God, he and his men conquered a king that five other kings could not. Can you think of a reward someone received from God for being faithful?

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