Talk it Over 4 –

Opening Question:

Imagine you had an infinite amount of money, what would you spend it on? What do you understand the word “Infinite” to mean?

Read:

Genesis 14 vs 17 – 24

Context:

Here we have Abram (who later became Abraham) winning a massive battle and then meeting Melchizedek who was Priest of God Most High, then Melchizedek prays a blessing over Abram and then Abram gives him a tenth of everything.  Then what happens is this very rich King offers Abram a whole lot of plunder and goods and Abram refuses to accept them. What is going on here? This can be very confusing, why would Abram after giving away a tenth of everything not accept some plunder and goods from this King? If we look closer at the blessing that Abram received (vs 19-20) it all becomes clearer. The blessing starts with “Blessed be Abram by God Most High” and the Old Testament writers often used height to describe how great God was; in 1Kings8 vs 27 Solomon says “The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you…” So when Melchizedek says “God Most High” he means, “God so Great” or “God so Infinite”. He then says “Creator of heaven and earth”, now the word “Creator” can also be translated as “Possessor” and this would mean that Melchizedek prayed this blessing over Abram: “Blessed be Abram by God so Infinite and Great, Possessor of heaven and of earth…” With this in mind, it becomes easier to see what is going on in this account. As Abram is blessed, he comes to know and understand that God is Infinite and Great and that God alone is the “possessor” of everything on heaven and earth, and with this new revelation, Abram is able to give a tenth of everything he has to God and he is able to refuse any goods or plunder from the King of Sodom.

 

AW Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” and, “We tend by a secret law of the soul to move towards our mental image of God”

 

1.)    What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think about God?

 

2.)    How does our view of God shape how we live?

 

Leader’s Guide: God is infinite in greatness and awesomeness, but also in His love, His provision, His grace, His goodness, His forgiveness, and in His kindness…What aspect of God being Infinite do the people in your group need revelation of? Use this moment to pray for people who need a new revelation of God as Infinite.