Quick thoughts on Genesis 14


18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

Sealer of heaven and earth, perhaps? And is he receiving that power right then? Or a declaration of what is already the case?

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.

Delivered into his hands by miraculous means, such as those Enoch used?

And he gave him tithes of all.

Now I see how some have read this as Melchizedek giving Abraham goods out of the storehouse. Then Abraham says he won’t take anything from Sodom, because it was God (via Melchizedek) that made Abraham rich, not Sodom. Elsewhere we have it said that Abraham paid tithes, but it’s still an interesting reading. And Melchizedek does seem to have given Abraham goods from the storehouse in JST verse 40.

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

“The possessor of heaven and earth” is still such an intriguing phrase to me. Does this have any relation to the sealing power described in D&C 128 and elsewhere? The sealer of heaving and earth?

23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

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One response to “Quick thoughts on Genesis 14

  • Karen

    I had misread the earlier reference to “possessor of heave and earth.” I thought Melchizedek was calling Abraham that. But now I see that it part of how Melchizedek and Abraham talk about God. And in that sense, both are recognizing that even though they have goods, riches, victories, etc., that everything belongs to God. Everything in heaven, and in the earth, is really God’s. It’s an attitude of consecration. And note how Abraham is so sure to emphasize to the King of Sodom that he has made a covenant with God and doesn’t even want any riches from anyone else. He doesn’t need any more, because God he has given all his surplus to God, and God has given him what more he needs. To take anything else would distract from his covenant with God. I LOVE IT. What a good way to see the world! I want to see it that way too.

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