Genesis 14 
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1.   Which man was the wisest in choosing their land? 2.   What are the three things that come from the world from the verse John 2:16 (click the one that doesn't belong)?
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When Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, he didn't hesitate to take his trained men that were born closest to him.  This shows what a  loyal man Abram is to his own family.  Lot had selfishly settled in Sodom where it was fruitful but the people of the land did evil in the sight of God.  When this fruitful land was taken, Lot and all the goods were taken as well.  Abram went out and defeated these men in this war.  

Genesis 14:17-24
After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.

This is where we see the word "tithe", which means a 10th of.  This act of giving a tithe to the High Priest Melchizedek shows the heart of Abram and His love for God.  Today we give a cheerful tithe or an amount to our church  showing our heart and love for God. 

Melchizedek is a Christophony which is an appearing of Christ in the Old Testament.  
(Read Hebrews 7:1-10) Verse 3: There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.  

My favorite part of this story is the fact that Abram took NOTHING from the king of Sodom for himself.  He wanted to be sure that the king of Sodom wouldn't get the glory that belonged to God.  

So, Abram gives a 10th first, and then takes nothing from the war.  How in the world does he survive?  Do you worry about your life about what you will eat or wear or drive?  Can you imagine giving a tenth of your earnings to your church even when you don't think you have it?  I dare you to try it.  Watch God work so big in your life as you begin to trust Him and leave the glory to Him and not to others.  The joy that you will receive is incomparable to any other happiness of this world.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
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Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
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