Genesis 14: Abram the Brave

When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.  During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.  He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” This is where Abram surprises you.  Up until chapter 14, Abram seems like just a wealthy businessman.  But here you find out he was much more.  Notice he had 318 TRAINED men in his household– nice little private army.  Also note his strategic offensive.  Abram knew what he was doing and had a bit of the Braveheart in him.  One takeaway here is that Abram was prepared for battle.  In the last chapter, we read about how he humbly let Lot choose the land and left the outcome to God.  But here we see that He could also take initiative and act swiftly to an immediate need.  I think there is both a practical and spiritual lesson here.  We should be this way spiritually too: prepared to do battle.  Of course in the end we see Abram giving God the credit for his victory–and seeing that his allies and his men are rewarded, even when he himself refuses reward.  Abram was a true hero in every way.

Reading: Genesis 14