Gen 14:21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
There are some people, companies, and organizations that you should not take anything from. Don’t take a bribe from the devil!
Abram gives us this example when he was willing to give the recaptured hostages back to the king of Sodom but then he refused to keep anything else.
Abram would pay tithes to Melchizedek and, at least in principle, it look as if Bera wanted to do the same to Abram.
He refused it.
I think we need to be careful with where our money comes from.
For years the Italian mafia has been a part of the Catholic church. Now I’m not here to disrespect the Catholic church but if a mobster comes to church and puts something in the offering plate, what is the history behind that money – how was it earned? It would be a hard temptation to turn away from a large amount of money in an offering plate, even if you know it may be from illegitimate or sinful means.
Gen 14:22-23 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours!”
Abram refused Bera’s offer. And so there are times you should too!
Let your blessing be from God Most High and not the devil!
Abba, give me discernment over the gifts given to me and the strength to refuse those that would curse and not bless me. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN