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Martial Arts and the Bible P7 - Abraham, the Man of God
We found that the conflict where Abraham rescues Lot was preceded by the first recorded war in the Bible. In Genesis 10, we found Nimrod "conquered" a lot of folks and lands, but there is no indication of conflict, just a "walk-over," as in wrestling meets. Just show up and you win. So we are proper to report this as the first war.
And who were this folks in this battle for Lot. Not much is known, but one perspective might be this is a picture of the Mankind joining against "God" in that all the nations are presented with Abraham representing God. The result is God will win regardless of the odds. Mankind has not learned this. The message here is, without a doubt, "Be Prepared."
After the war....... Abraham returns home with the spoils and rescued folks. The new king of Sodom comes out of hiding and goes out to meet him and make his request. But Abraham has all things put on hold until he thanks God for the success and victory. And we meet a new person.
In Genesis 14:18, God’s high-priest, Melchizedek, who was also the King of Salem, meets Abraham as he returns and blesses him. Some scholars believe Mel to Jesus Christ, others believe him to be a foreshadow of Christ. He was the King of Salem. Salem means "Peace." Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus the Prince of Peace. We leave this to personal interpretation. It is clear that God condoned Abraham’s actions, evidenced by blessing of this High Priest of God, Hebrews 7:1.
It is equally clear that Sodom learned nothing, Genesis 14:21, And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
Even before God gave the commandment against homosexuality and slavery, Abram knew it was wrong and took his stand against it:
Leviticus 20:13, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Deuteronomy 23:15-17, Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: He shall dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Might is not always right... Political correctness is not always correct.. Needs are not supplied by man
Prayer is looking to God for direction... Faith is depending on God to meet our needs... Works is getting off our knees and doing that which God has called us to do.
Abram did that. He was a man of humility and faith. This, also, makes him a proper martial artist.
In this short series of 7 Hubs, we have been studying the "Martial Arts and the Bible." This series is a two year study presented in 132 lessons to students of the Christian Martial Arts Fellowship.
In another Hub called History of the Martial Arts, we presented a series of 5 articles tracing the early history of the martial arts. These were taken from personal studies which became a part of a Doctoral Thesis.
As we reviewed our purpose and the subject matter still to be presented in each of these studies, there are many overlapping and stand alone pages of each yet to be printed.
After consideration, we feel it would be best to combine the two studies at this point under one title, Christianity and the Martial Arts. Though this may cause some minor repetition of information already presented in the two original Hubs, it will lend itself to a more thorough and an easier to follow format. We are confident you will get a more complete understanding of both the Arts Bibilcal position and history through under this new title.
Look for the first installment of "Christianity and the Martial Arts" in the next week or so.