El Elyon – the God Most High…this is one of the many names of our God.
In Genesis 14, we’ve just seen Abram (before he gets named Abraham) and Lot separate the promised land. Lot has gone off, and Abram is setting up camp. There had been quarreling among the people, and I’m imagining there are still hurt feelings and anger.
However, Lot’s group gets attacked by some foreign kings, and someone escapes to tell Abram. Abram doesn’t hesitate one bit – he immediately gathers all his trained men to go and saves Lot and his possessions. Everyone was so impressed, but Abram uses this opportunity to show how it was His God that were with them. Here we see God’s name used, El Elyon, several times.
Here’s the interaction in Genesis 14: 17-24:
17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”
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.’ 24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”
We see that God Most High isn’t just that we are to honor Him, but also to acknowledge when He does move in all His power. God not only gives power and wisdom to win the battle here, but He blesses Abram following this with a Covenant.
So today, praise God for being El Elyon, and acknowledge the ways He has been that in your life. Also, pray through how you are acknowledging that He is Lord Most High. How do you live your life that might say that to the outside world?