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Genesis 14:22: But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,
Here, Abraham was introducing his God to some pagan kings. He was bold to declare that his God is supreme. Not only does he have all things, he does not have a competition, since he is the owner of everything (Genesis 14).
Everyone needs things from him, he does not need anything from anyone. He is self-sufficient. He told Israel: if I were hungry I will not tell you, I own the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10-12). As the Most high, he is in charge.
He works all things according to the counsel of his will (Daniel 4:35, Isaiah 46:10). As the most high, he is powerful. His viewpoint is the most complete and his ability is beyond comprehension. If he guides you, you will not miss the road.
With the understanding of God, we know who to trust. Jeremiah said that the one who trusts in God will be like a tree planted beside rivers of water, but the one who does not will be a loser, drying out (Jeremiah 17:1-13).
When the devil succeeded in introducing a wrong concept of God to Eve, her living condition worsened. Where before she had access to abundant fruit, now he has to scrape up a living outside the garden (Genesis 3).
She discovered that what she had was a tenancy in the Garden of Eden and it is her relationship with God that was her riches with which she paid for the tenancy.
This was what was referenced when Jesus gave a parable in which the land of a man brought forth plentifully (Mark 12:16-23), but rather than express appreciation to God, he said that he will plan to live in pleasure for the rest of his life, rather than seek to give God pleasure (Revelation ). God then said that his tenancy on earth was over that night, because though he had plenty of goods, he was not rich towards God.
There are certain things your relationship with and understanding of God gives you access to. The bible says those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32b). And in the book of Hebrews we read: without faith it is impossible to please God because those who come to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
Those who seek him get rewarded with the right understanding of him. Abraham had an understanding of God that he shared with this generation. And in the focus verse he was preaching about him, showing that whatever god the others relied on, could not hold a candle against his own God.
Note that they just came from a battle in which Abraham rescued some kings and their army people, who worshipped other gods or no god at all. That showed the superiority of Abraham’s God and he sought to impress that on them and probably draw them into allegiance to him. So Abraham was an evangelist in that context, proclaiming the greatness of God to draw men into allegiance with him.
The lord has been good to him and enabled him, with less than 400 soldiers that he raised in his house, to defeat armies of great nations. That endeavour was risky and unreasonable, but he got a marvellous result because God was with him. And he acknowledged God in the midst of the crowd of people.
Those who evangelise only communicate their understanding of the most high as they seek to bring others into relationship with him.
When Philip met Nathaniel he said to him, come and see the one whom the law and the prophets talked about. Nathanael said: can anything good come out of Nazareth? But Philip said: “come and see,” seeking to bring him to an experience of the Christ not just a hearing of him.
While Job worshipped the most high. His knowledge of him was limited. But after a bad experience, he was launched into a higher realm of understanding of the Most high. He said to God: I have heard of you by the hearing of the ears and now my eyes have seen you, and I repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6).
It was not enough for Nathanael to hear about Jesus from Philip, he needed to be brought into a close encounter with Jesus. Meeting Jesus made a lasting impression on him.
As God most high, he is to be worshipped, not trampled upon. He is exalted above all. When that concept was lost to Adam and Eve as they sinned in the Garden of Eden, they lost everything. Paul wrote about those who have not retained God in their knowledge that they were given to lewd feeling, to do things that are not convenient (Romans 1:28). Unwilling to recognise the supremacy of God, they became foolish, their mind became twisted in ungodly life and essence.
We are going in the right direction when we recognise the most high. And that is key to the release of the power of God in our lives. We cannot experience the one we did not recognise, neither can we embrace him (Matthew 13:58).
Abraham had his high eyes opened to the reality of the most high. He felt secure and assured of his presence all the time. Note that God had told him to leave his father’s house, and that he was going to bless him (Genesis 12:1-3).
Being blessed is not about getting things, though that is part of it, but it is about God being on your side. And that was what Abraham achieved when he moved from his father’s house in obedience to God. Though he did not immediately see it physically but that obedience moved him to the house of God, from his father’s house in the spirit.
Obedience brought him to the reality of the supernatural, it opened to him possibilities that only the Most High can bring. And Jesus said that I opened a door no one can shut and shut doors no one can opened, being the one with the key of David (Revelation 3:7).
- “Seek Me and live” (examiner.com)
- Sunday (August 24): “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- The World is Sacred Space (musingsonscience.wordpress.com)
- The Altars of Abraham (smoodock45.wordpress.com)