Abram Goes to War – Part 6

Final installment of this story.

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The next morning they headed back toward Sodom to return Lot, his family and his good back home.

When they got near to Sodom, the king of Sodom came out to meet Abram in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.

The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.” Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, that I will not take so much as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise, you might say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ I will accept only what my young warriors have already eaten, and I request that you give a fair share of the goods to my allies—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre.”

Kenan had watched all of this with great interest. He thought to himself, “I would like to learn more about this God of Abram. He answered my prayer the night I was attacked by the wild boar, maybe He will answer me again if I ask for something.”

Kenan thought for a minute and then looked up into the sky and said, “Lord, God of Abram, I would like to follow you like Abram does. Please let me go with him to Hebron instead of back to Sodom with my master Lot.”

Now he began walking with purpose to find Abram. He found him talking to his nephew so he stood by quietly and waited for an opportunity to talk.

After several minutes, Abram noticed him standing there, reached over and put his arm around Kenan’s shoulders and said, “Lot, I’ve become very fond of this young warrior. Would you mind if he came with me? I will pay you a fair value for him.”

Lot looked at Kenan and said, “Uncle, I couldn’t accept payment for him. Let me give him to you as a gift for rescuing us from our enemies.”

Abram smiled and said, “I accept. We were glad to be able to help. We had a nice little adventure, didn’t we Kenan?” Abram smiled broadly.

“Yes, my lord, we did”

Kenan thought to himself that Abram was right when he said, “God is faithful, just you wait and see.”

Kenan looked up into the sky and whispered a prayer, “Lord God of Abram, I take you as my God now too. You have shown me that you are faithful and to be trusted. I am yours to command.”

Kenan continued the trip back to Hebron with a spring in his step and a broad grin appeared on his face.

Abram Goes to War – Part 5

Abram’s small army was highly organized and seemed to move as a single entity. With his leg throbbing again, Kenan could barely keep up with them. But, he was determined not to be left behind. He fell into the last row of marching soldiers and managed to keep pace with them.

After a two-day march, they caught up with King Kedorlaomer’s army at Dan where they had stopped for the night and made camp. It was clear that the king was unaware he was being chased. They had set no sentries. They were not expecting another fight.

After assessing the situation, Abram went away for a short while to pray and to consult with the Lord about his next move. Kenan took note of the fact that Abram seemed to confer with his God a lot. Every time he did that he returned full of confidence that he was about to do the right thing. Kenan had never seen anyone be that way before. His respect for Abram and for Abram’s God was growing.

Abram divided his men into two groups; Kenan was assigned to the group that he had marched with. Abram himself commanded that group. He assigned the two groups to positions opposite each other on the hills above King Kedorlaomer’s camp.

As Kenan stood with his group waiting for Abram’s signal he began to be overcome with fear. “The last time I went into a battle, I was hurt and left for dead. I’m not really sure I want to go through that again,” he thought to himself. “Wait a minute! Since that time, I have tried praying to Abram’s God and I have been helped each time. I’m going to try that again.”

Kenan looked up into the night sky and said silently, “Lord God of Abram, please protect me during this battle. Please give us victory over our enemies and help us to rescue my master Lot and his family. Thank you for listening to me. Help me to become your servant like Abram.”

Kenan felt a surge of strength and confidence. He smiled, gripped his sword and waited for the signal.

When Abram gave the signal, they attacked the king and his army from opposite sides. They yelled for all they were worth and that noise seemed to echo and get louder in the little valley.

Kenan raced down the hill with his unit. Abram’s men were shouting “For Abram and his God!”

Although the night was clear, they caught the enemy completely by surprise. The unprepared soldiers of the king were running around in circles, fighting each other and amazingly, their vastly superior force ran away from the fight. They abandoned their camp, livestock, plunder from Sodom and the captives.

Abram left a few men to guard this camp, but took the main force to chase after the King Kedorlaomer’s army. They chased them all the way to Damascus where the kings finally surrendered.

After Abram and his fighting men returned from the battle, there was a grand re-union between Lot, his family, and Abram. Lot asked Abram why he came after them and how they knew where to find them. Abram called for Kenan and presented him as the hero of the day to Lot and his family. Lot thanked him, but immediately turned his attention to locating his household goods and his personal gods from among the plunder.

Kenan felt like Lot considered him as nothing. He turned away from the family that he had done so much to save and found a place away from the rest and sat by himself.

The rich voice of Abram cut through Kenan’s sadness. “Mind if I sit with you awhile son?”

Kenan looked up to see Abram standing there, looking at him. “No, my lord, please be seated. I was just doing some thinking.”

“I could see that. My nephew seems to be more disappointed in his things than his people. I’ll bet you were expecting more thanks than you got.”

“Well, no…it’s just that I…I…I think that I’m really tired.”

“All right, if that’s true. I’ll just leave you to your thinking. But remember this, I can tell that you have been watching me. I can sense also that you have been testing the Lord and find Him to be faithful. I can tell you this. Place your faith in Him. There is a little saying that I learned from my father and I will pass it on to you if you want to hear it.”

Kenan looked deep into the man’s eyes, “Yes sir, what is it?”

Abram simply smiled and said, “God is faithful, just you wait and see.”

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Abram Goes to War – Part 4

It seems that overnight Abram had assembled a small army of over three hundred trained fighting men from among his own people and his allies Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. He was preparing for a mission to rescue his nephew Lot and his family. One of the men standing near Abram noticed Kenan standing there said something to him and then pointed in Kenan’s direction. Abram turned, looked in his direction and then called him over and said, “Kenan my boy, we are going to rescue my nephew and his family. With all that you’ve been through in the few days, are you interested in coming along?”

“Yes, my lord” Kenan responded quickly. “How soon do we leave?”

Abram laughed and slapped him on the back, “That’s what I like to hear. We leave within the hour. Get yourself some food, pack up your gear and meet us here when you are done. And wait, one more thing. Hagar?”

A pretty young girl came running, “Yes master?”

“Get our healer to take a look at this young man’s leg and get him ready to travel.”

The girl looked at Kenan, smiled and said, “Yes my lord, immediately.” She then grabbed Kenan by the hand and pulled to a large multicolored tent.

When they got inside, Kenan saw an old man seated at a table with a large number of branches and leaves hanging upside down above it. The old man seemed be crushing some dried leaves.

The girl spoke loudly, “Uncle Javan, father Abram wants you to take care of this man’s leg so that he can travel with the rescue party.”

The old man turned around, looked at Kenan and said, “Hmmm, he’s got quite a nasty gash there. Is that from a sword, young man?”

“Yes sir, it is. I was in a battle several days ago.”

“Sit here and let me take a look at it. Hagar, you’ll have to let go of his hand now.”

Hagar quickly released Kenan’s hand, stepped back and looked embarrassed.

The old one laughed and then spoke to Kenan, “I’m afraid she’s taken a liking to you young man. Now, let me take a look at that leg. Oh, it’s not as bad as it might have been. You washed this out didn’t you?”

Kenan replied, “Yes sir, I did. I camped near a river a couple of nights ago.”

“Well I’ll make a poultice from these leaves here and bandage you up. You’ll be as good as new in a few days.

As soon as Javan was done applying the poultice and the bandage he said, “There you go young man. You’re healthy and you’ll heal quickly.”

“Thank you, sir!”

Kenan turned to go and caught a glimpse of Hagar peeking into the tent. She quickly pulled he head back when he saw her. As soon as he got outside he looked around and couldn’t see her anywhere, then he took off running to get his things together and get some food. No sooner had he arrived back at the rendezvous that they left.

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In the morning, Kenan went down to the river where he had hauled the boar, cut some meat out of the carcass to roast for breakfast. The smell of the meat, while it was cooking over the fire reminded him of how hungry he was. He hadn’t really eaten a meal since before the battle two days before. After devouring the succulent meat, Kenan washed up at the river, packed up his things and headed for Hebron once again,

Two days later Kenan arrived in Hebron and was greeted at the edge of Abram’s camp by an armed man. He told the man who he was, why he was there and was quickly taken to see Abram. As he was ushered into a tent and Kenan soon realized that although he literally dominated the interior of this tent, Abram wasn’t a really large man. But somehow his presence was larger than life. He was instructing some of his men on the things that he expected to be done that day. When that task was finished, the armed man spoke softly to Abram, who then turned his full attention to Kenan.

“Hello son, I hear that you have some important news for me about my nephew Lot. What sort of trouble has he gotten himself into this time?” He asked.

Kenan bowed low and began, “My lord, your nephew Lot, his family and all of his goods have been taken by King Kedorlaomer, one of the four kings that made war on the King of Sodom and the other four kings that were his allies.”

Abram leaned over, took Kenan by the arm and pulled him up, “There’s no need for that son, let’s sit down here. You just tell me what happened. Then we’ll see what can be done.”

Kenan started at the beginning and told Abram the whole story of the yearlong standoff, the story of the battle, seeing Lot and his family carried off by the enemy and finished with what he found on the battlefield when he woke up among the dead.

He watched Abram’s face with great interest as he told the story. He could tell that the great man was moved by the hardship that they endured and the horror of the battle. But, he was never once frightened or angry. His focused all of his attention on Kenan as though they were the only two that mattered in the world. When Kenan got to the part about Lot and his family being captured and hauled away as slaves, Abram’s face began to show a determination.

When Kenan ended the story, Abram smiled and said, “Thank you for coming to tell me. You did a very brave thing coming all this way to tell me the news. How old are you Kenan?”

“I am fifteen my lord,” replied Kenan sat up straight to show off his full height.

“A very grown up fifteen you are. Thank you, I must pray and seek the Lord’s will on what to do.” He called in one of his servants and gave orders to take Kenan to some place where he could be fed, get cleaned up and rest after his long journey. After washing and eating Kenan was taken to a tent where he could put his things and rest.

After several hours, there began a flurry of activity in the camp. Kenan was trying to rest but couldn’t at first with all the voices speaking of preparations to be made and supplies to be gathered for a journey. With those sounds in his ears, Kenan finally drifted off into a restless sleep. He was wondering what role Abram’s God played in all of this when sleep overtook him. In Kenan’s dream, he was faced with a situation where he had to choose between Lot’s many gods or Abram’s one God. He couldn’t decide.

In the morning when Kenan awoke, he was surprised to hear many animals milling around and men talking excitedly just outside his tent. He hurriedly got himself dressed and went outside to see what the commotion was all about. The first thing he saw was Abram giving orders to a group of men. Kenan stepped closer to try to hear what was going on.