“And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, ‘Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.’ 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, 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:’ 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.'” Genesis 14:21-24 (KJV)
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
In our verses today we have Abram (Later Abraham) having returned from a victorious battle to retrieve some captives, his nephew Lot and family, and others with goods that had also been taken by the captors. The king of Sodom wishes to bless Abram with the “goods”, but Abram refuses, confessing to the king that his blessing comes from the Most High God (El ElYon). He refused reward for himself, lest the king should say “I have made Abram rich”. Abram was in fact already “rich”, yet realized where his blessing came from. Do we?
In Matthew’s gospel Jesus tells us, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. What do we cling to? What do we cherish most? Is it our children? Our grandchildren? Our income; or lack of income? What holds our hearts and minds? We all have a treasure. However, what is our treasure?
The treasure that matters most for eternity should be the Most High God, and His Son Jesus Christ.
-Tim A. Blankenship