There is no story in the Old Testament more precious to our hearts than the story of Abraham’s faith journey with God.  His journey begins when he leaves his father house to go to an unknown destination.  The greatest story of Abraham’s faith journey is the sacrifice of his son, Isaac.  Hebrews 11:17-19 calls this sacrifice of Isaac a testing of Abraham’s faith: a test Abraham passes.  Abraham is ready to sacrifice his son on Mount Mariah; God sees Abraham’s faith and gives him a ram in the bush as a sacrifice.  God would never allow Abraham to sacrifice Isaac; it’s just a test of Abraham’s faith.  This is an awesome story of Abraham’s faith, but there is another story  just as awesome.

In the book of Genesis, Chapter 14, Abraham  is a strategic military leader who brings freedom to nations.   It all begins when the people of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela revolt against the rule of king Chedorlaomer.   When they revolt, king  Chedorlaomer and his allies made war  with them.  In the Valley Siddim, the king of Sodom and Gomorrah fell; those that remain fled to the mountain.  King Chedorlaomer and his allies leave the valley Siddim, returning  to Sodom and Gomorrah.  When they reach the cities,  they take captives, food, and goods.  Lot, who live in Sodom, is among the captives and his possessions. When Abraham hears his nephew is a captive, he arms  three hundred and eighteen train servants, born in his household, to chase king Chedorlaomer and his allies.  In the night, Abraham divides his servants,  mighty warriors, slaughtering  king Chedorlaomer and his allies. He brings back the captive people of Sodom and Gomorrah, including Lot and the women.  Abraham’s faith gives him courage to pursue king Chedorlaomer and his allies  whom  the captive nations serve for twelve years.   Abraham wins the battle and sets  nations free from the oppresive government of king Chedorlaomer.

After the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and his allies, the king of Sodom meets Abraham in the valley of Shaveh.  The meeting between Abraham and Bera brings Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the most high God.  Melchizedek comes to the meeting  with bread and wine.  The bread and wine in the hands of God’s high priest  suggest the meeting between Abraham and the king of Sodom is a communion.   The place of communion is a place of remembrance.   Perhaps Melchizedek’s bread and wine is a reminder of the freedom Abraham brings to nations when he slaughters king Chedorlaomer and his allies.  The bread and wine could be signs of remembrance as is the bread and wine Jesus gives to his disciple in the upper room. Abraham’s faith and military wisdom defeats Chedorlaomer and his allies.  His victory brings him communion with king Bera, who represents nations, and a blessing from God.  Melchizedek blesses Abraham in the name of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.

Afterwards, Melchizedek blesses the most high God for  Abraham’s victory, defeating  Chedorlaomer and his allies.  When Melchizedek blesses  God for Abraham’s victory, it becomes clear why he comes to the meeting between Abraham and Bera.  He comes to give  Bera understanding of Abraham’s God. King Bera hears Melchizedek bless Abraham in the name of the most high God who possess  heaven and earth.  And then he hears Melchizedek bless God.  Why?  Melchizedek blesses God for defeating Chedorlaomer and his allies.  It is not Abraham who defeats kings Chedorlaomer, Tidal, Amraphel, and Ellasar; it is Abraham’s God  who rules heaven and earth. The king of Sodom, Bera, now knows Abraham’s God delivers and sets free; he also knows Abraham’s God blesses those with faith in him to do good for others. Abraham recognizes Melchizedek as king of Salem and God’s high priest, giving him tithes of all the return goods.  God brings Bera, Abraham, and Melchizedek together for communion in remembrance of the cost of freedom.  At the communion table in the valley Shaveh sits the  priest, Melchizedek, who blesses; the king, Bera, who honors; and Abraham, who delivers.  In Genesis, Chapter 14, Abraham is like Christ; he brings freedom to nations.  Abraham sets nations free from dictatorship, as a strategic military leader with a small army.