Genesis 14: v1–17 Sin, Self, and Selfish Desires

 1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.
8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations,Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.


11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.


These Kings came down and ransacked everything that they could get their hands on. I’m not sure if it can be found in the wording but it looks as though Lot was the only person taken (Someone let me know if that is not true) and it seems to be telling us something. We know that Lot walked by sight. We know that he desired the better pastures at first and that is what eventually drove him closer to Sodom and sin. He moves into the city with, I would imagine, all the intentions of being a good person who lives in a happening city. Perhaps he felt as though he could change the area or that he could be a good witness to others. The problem with that is God did not send him there. In the next chapters we will see how Abraham’s goodness and righteousness was known by all those who surrounded him. They all knew who he was and they knew that he was a man of God. Abraham walked by faith

Lot did not. He is called righteous in the Scriptures so we know that he is God’s man too but he is a warning and an example of how we can be swept up into things when we are lead by our own selfish desires. We start out with the best intentions and we think we are doing the right thing because our desires are driving us. Before long we are listening to those desires instead of God and we soon find ourselves doing, saying, and thinking the opposite of what God had intended for us and we find ourselves swept away with the goods and provisions like Lot, totally carried away. This not only happens in Sodom but in the church as well. We can be lead by our own personal desires that are well and good but not what God had intended for us. We build friendships, relationships, and fellowships under the guise of oneness but what we eventually find is that it has been nothing more than selfish desires that drive us and that is not a very good place to find oneself at the end of a chapter in life. It is a completely humbling experience that can take the drive out of our walk with the Lord. People get mad, feelings are hurt, and relationships are strained, sometimes to the point of no return.

But take heart if you have found yourself in this situation because God is still there, He is right where you left Him. He is waiting on you to get back in His will and His way and to put those selfish desires behind you. Sometimes His voice gets through to you but sometimes, like the situation here, we need a brother to point it out, but either way, the result is the same. Come back to the rest of God. Be patient and allow Him to heal your walk with Him and if possible He will heal those left hurting if they will accept it.


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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