This is found in Genesis 14 after Abraham returned from the battle in which he rescued Lot who had been taken captive by the Kings who overthrew the cities of the plain. He had not only rescued Lot, but the people taken captive from the city, as well as the spoils of the battle.

Jesus appeared to him and made him swear that he would not take anything from the King of Sodom (Gen 14:18-23):

And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that [were] with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which [is] the king’s dale.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he [was] the priest of the most high God

And he blessed him, 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 gave him 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 shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

If you read between the lines, you would realize that the Lord forestalled the King of Sodom by speaking to Abraham about the king’s intention to give him the spoils of the battle in exchange for the people. Abraham’s response also showed that the Lord had also instructed him how to respond.

Abraham spoke  disdainfully  to the king, telling him that he and his possessions were nothing in comparison to his allegiance to the Most High God who owed the heavens and the earth. The disdain of the Lord and of His designate in the earth is also reflected in the words, ” I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:” 

 It seems that the Lord is being ridiculous or maybe even ironic in making the point that His servant would not be allowed to take items as minuscule as a thread or a shoe lace, because the king of Sodom was a braggart who would brazenly claim that he had made Abraham rich. The Lord’s hatred for all the things of Sodom was therefore clearly transmitted to the King.

Did the king know about the existence of God? The text seems to imply this is the case. Moreover, God’s values were transmitted in the text.

Well, have a great day and God bless.

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