The king[s] . . . went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim . . . four kings against five. Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country. So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram. When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people. Genesis 14:8-16 ESV
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:8-13 ESV
Sir Turquyn was an evil knight in the days of King Arthur. He often challenged King Arthur’s knights to single combat. He always won, because he was very strong, and he would take the knight as a prisoner and throw him into a dungeon. Then he’d take the knight’s shield, which would have this knight’s special design on it, and hang it on a tree outside his castle. Soon the tree was full of shields. But King Arthur’s best knight, Launcelot, finally defeated Turquyn in combat and rescued all the other knights captive in the dungeon.
In the area where Abram lived, there was a war of five kings against four. Abram’s nephew Lot was taken captive in one of the battles. When Abram heard about it, he got all the trained men of his large household together and went to battle to rescue Lot. With God’s help, Abram’s men won the battle and Lot and his family and all the other captives were set free again.
We also were captives once. Because of our sinful rebellion against God, Satan had us in his power in his kingdom of darkness. But Jesus is a greater hero than Abram or Launcelot. Jesus did battle with sin, death, and the devil on the cross. When Jesus died, it might have seemed like he lost the battle. But he didn’t stay dead. He came out of the grave on the first Easter. Jesus’ death and resurrection defeated Satan for good. We are no longer captives to Satan, but set free to belong to the Kingdom of Jesus forever.
Thank you, Jesus, for defeating the devil and setting us free to belong to you always. Amen.
Green, Roger Lancelyn King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table New York: Puffin Books, 1953.