As we delve back into the book of Genesis, specifically chapter 14, we’re reminded of the depth and richness contained within these ancient texts. It’s fascinating to observe that even in the midst of narratives about wars and conflict, we can discern vivid pictures and foreshadows of the New Covenant and the ultimate King of Kings, Jesus Christ. This journey through Genesis has been a profound exploration, spanning over 40 sermons, each uncovering foundational truths that resonate throughout the entirety of the Bible.

The First War: A Mirror of Divine Sovereignty

In Genesis 14, we encounter the first recorded war in the Bible, a narrative that, on the surface, recounts a historical event but, upon deeper examination, reveals much more. This story is a testament to God’s sovereign hand over history, illustrating how the events of the past are not merely random occurrences but are imbued with divine purpose and significance. They prefigure the coming of Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom.

Connecting the Dots: Abraham’s Experience and Ours

The original recipients of these texts, the generation that emerged from Egypt, would have read about Abraham’s experiences with a unique perspective, drawing parallels between their journey and that of their great ancestor. This connection underscores the continuity of God’s plan and promises throughout generations, highlighting the enduring relevance of these ancient stories.

The New Covenant Through a Genesis Lens Viewing

Genesis 14 through the lens of the New Covenant and the entire scope of redemptive history enriches our understanding of God’s sovereignty and His ultimate victory through Christ. The narrative of the first war becomes more than a historical account; it transforms into a declaration of Jesus’ unassailable reign as the King of Kings. This perspective not only deepens our appreciation for the text but also fortifies our faith in the face of present challenges and uncertainties.

Serve the King of Kings: The Unchanging Call

The central message of this sermon, “Serve the King of Kings,” is a timeless call to allegiance and faith in Jesus Christ, whose glory is destined to fill the earth. This promise, echoed in Habakkuk 2:14, assures us that the knowledge of the Lord’s glory will pervade every nation, covering the earth as the waters cover the sea. It’s a beautiful image of total and complete saturation, a future where God’s presence and majesty are universally acknowledged and revered.

The Assurance of God’s Sovereign Rule

Despite the disheartening trends and events we might observe in the world today, the truth remains that we serve a sovereign Lord who reigns supreme over all creation. This sermon reminds us that earthly powers, regardless of their might or conspiracies, cannot thwart the purposes of God. He is the one who laughs last, sovereignly orchestrating history towards its predetermined end—a world where His glory is manifest in every corner of the earth.

Conclusion: A Call to Hope and Action

As we reflect on the lessons from Genesis 14 and the broader narrative of Scripture, we’re called to a renewed hope and a steadfast commitment to serving the King of Kings. This hope is not based on current events or the actions of humankind but on the unshakeable promises of God. Let us, therefore, take encouragement from the assurance of Christ’s ultimate victory and dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of the Great Commission, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.