22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’

Abraham refused to accept wealth offered by a grateful King of Sodom.  What were his reasons?

–> Faith in what God has promised.  Accepting the gift from the king of Sodom would be a snare.  Abraham would not be independent any more.  Because accepting the gift would displease God.  He was sensitive to what God wants from him — faithfulness.

 

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