"We have here an account of the first war that ever we read of in scripture, which (though the wars of the nations make the greatest figure in history) we should not have had the history of if Abram and Lot had not been concerned in it." -- Matthew HenryWar in Canaan. Four kings against five. Canaan subjected by Chedorlaomer. And in the midst of the battle Sodom is looted and Lot gets captured. And so, The Man goes to war – Abram and his 318 against the all conquering Chedorlaomer and he wins. These are the first wars of men.
- In victory he finds himself meeting Melchizedek, the Priest-King of Salem (Jerusalem) who blesses Abram and the LORD and receives a tithe from Abram (where future priests would have to require tithe from people). These two kings eat bread and drink wine together – as another king will one day do with his people. This is a priest in an order of his own, though another priest will come like him to mediate forever. He is like the Son of God.
- King Abram also meets with the King of Sodom who offers him some of what God has promised. Abram refuses not wanting Sodom to be able to claim credit for what God has promised. One day another king will be offered his inheritance by a tyrant and he too will decline. That king, Jesus, will not receive the world from the devil but rather will take it through his death. How do you get your inheritance?