Which "God Most High"?
Genesis 14: 18-20
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Yesterday, Brenna pointed us to the fact that the “God Most High” of Melchizedek is not the same one that Abram worships, but rather the highest deity in the Canaanite pantheon of gods. This might make our ears perk a bit – Abram tithing to the high priest of a god other than the one who called him from the land of his fathers? What’s going on here?
Abram is stretching our understanding (and his) of God. Sometimes we encounter things in scripture and in life that require us to see God as larger and more complex than we originally did. We’ll unpack this more throughout the week, but for this morning, spend some time meditating on those times in your life where your understanding of God has seemed insufficient to explain the world around you. Try to dissect what it was about that situation that made you question your understanding of God.