The Possessor of Heaven & Earth

 Genesis 14:19-15:1
      And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abram], and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
     And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.  And he [Abram] gave him [Melchizedek] tithes of all.
     And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
     And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
     That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shoudest say, I have made Abram rich:
     Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eschol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
     After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Abram had pursued the enemy who had attacked Sodom and taken his brother Lot, the people of Sodom, and their goods.  He conquered the enemy and brought back all the people and the spoils that had been taken.  In response to God's blessing delivered by Melchizedek, Abram acknowledged God as the possessor of heaven and earth by giving a tenth (tithe) of all the goods.  The king of Sodom offered all of the goods to Abram, but he refused.  Abram put God first by giving a tithe to acknowledge God and returned the rest to the king of Sodom.  He refused to even take a thread of the goods.  For Abram, God was the source of all supply and he was not about to let some man claim to be the one who provided for him.  When Abram made this declaration and put God first as possessor of heaven and earth, God responded by telling Abram that He [God] was Abram's protection (shield) and supplier (exceeding great reward).  When we put God first and acknowledge Him as the one who "owns it all", God promises to supply our every need.

Deuteronomy 10:12-14
     And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
     To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
     Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

What does God require?  That we love Him.  Put Him first.  Walk with Him.  Keep His word.  When we do, all that we could ever desire is supplied because He is the possessor of heaven and earth.  He is the source of all supply.

Psalm 50:7-15
     Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee:  I am God, even thy God.
     I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
     I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
     For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
     I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
     If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
     Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
     Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
     And call upon me in the day of trouble:  I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

God deserves to be glorified.  He is God!  He is our God!  He does not want religious actions.  He wants to be loved.  The sacrifice of bulls & goats for God was not what God wanted.  God does not need these things.  God owns it all!  "Every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle upon a thousand hills."  God wants our love.  Our thanks.  He wants us to call upon Him when we have a need.  When we put Him first and love Him, He will supply all of our need because He is the possessor of heaven and earth.

Psalm 37:4
     Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Delight thyself also in the Lord!  Put Him first.  Look to Him.  Love Him.  When you do, all your heart's desire is available from God.  He is the possessor of heaven and earth and He will supply our every desire.

Luke 10:1-4
     After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
     Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
     Go your ways: behold I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
     Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

Jesus Christ sent these 70 believers out to speak God's word.  He told them to rely upon God as they put Him first and held forth His word.  They were not to carry a purse.  God would supply the funds.  They were not to carry a scrip.  A scrip was a leather pouch for food carried by travelers.  Some scholars believe the scrip refers to a bed roll for sleeping.  Either way, God would supply their food and God would supply the place to sleep.  They were to rely upon God.  They were not to take extra shoes.  God would supply the clothing.  They were not to salute any man along the way.  By salute, Jesus Christ meant solicit.  He was not telling them not to greet others.  They were being sent to speak the word!  He told them not to solicit or beg.  God was going to be their source of supply.  Their needs would be met as they went forth totally relying upon God.

This record reminds me of a story from a book called "God's Smuggler."  In this book, a believer named Andrew was attending a school in Scotland called "Worldwide Evangelization Crusade" (WEC) where believers were taught to trust and rely upon God.  Following is a section from that book:

Just as the 70 (and Brother Andrew) went forth relying upon God to meet their needs, we too can learn to put God first in our lives and trust Him to supply our needs.  Click on the following link to view and print out  five blank checks from God's word.  Whatsoever we ask we receive of Him when we trust Him and put Him first in our lives.

June, 1998
Michael Cortright