Amraphel of Shinar, Arioch of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer of Elam and Tidal of Goyim
Bera of Sodom, Birsha of Gomorrah, Shinab of Admah, Shemeber of Zeboyim, Zoar of Bela
The plain of Shinar (Babel)
Decision to setup tents by the city of Sodom
Choices on employment, choices on how to spend money and time, choices about whether to launch new ventures and how quickly to do them. Consequences affect myself, employees, family, readers, other believers. I also need to be talking with others about Christ. I need to pray about all of this.
My Daily Journal:
We know from the previous verses that the people of this valley were wicked. In these verses we also see how inept the battle plans of the wicked are.
Here we see a big front. 5 kings allied against 4. They draw up to fight on their home turf, in their own valley with naturally better ability to prepare to devise strategy, to prepare reinforcements. What we see is that instead all they have is a big front. There is nothing behind it. At the first sign, they retreat. Some are caught in the tar pits of their own turf, some flee to the hills. The leaders themselves flee leaving the women, children, elderly and innocent to be taken by the enemy as slaves including ALL the food.
As Christians we fear confrontations with evil. Evil today acts the same way, with a big scary front. But like this battle, there is nothing behind it. The soldiers are deserted, the leaders flee and they are caught up in their own lies and deceit. I am not suggesting that we should discount the forces of evil, clearly they have the ability to cause harm and pain, but I am suggesting that under the power of the spirit of God, with the truth of the gospel, we need have no fear.