Genesis

Genesis 14:1-17 Lot’s Captivity And Rescue.

There is a sense in which Lot allowed himself to be captured by making the choice he did of where he would live. Living in the kingdom of Sodom made him a citizen participant of the rebellion which arose (vv. 1-4). It would also appear that the king of Sodom’s closest ally was the king of Gomorrah, but none of these kings would be able to resist their suzerains or subjugators. Those who did not fall into the asphalt pits had to flee to the mountains (v. 10). All their goods were confiscated and Lot was taken captive along with all his goods (vv. 11-12). When Abram heard of Lot’s capture he knew what his duty as his next of kin was-he was required to be Lot’s kinsman-redeemer (Cf. Lev. 25:25, 47-49). He took up arms and he and his servants drove back the opposing forces “as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus” (v. 15). “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” (v. 16). It is amazing that even after all this, that Lot would eventually return to Sodom, where he would have to be delivered from once again (Ch. 19). There surely would have been room for him in the promised land, since it was so large that it was as far as the eye could see. However, it appears that this move by Lot was only a brief reprieve.

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