Abraham’s 318

Bible Text: Genesis 14:1-20 | Preacher: Apostle Aje Pelser

Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town


In the battle of Thermopylae where the 300 Spartans along with a few thousands Greeks withstood the 70 -100 000 Persians is the stuff of legends and has inspired many armies to face the odds and win. Gideon had 300 and faced the Midianites and Amalekites who were as numerous as locusts – God gave him a strategy to advance and win in spite of what he had. Let’s look at some of the reasons for Abraham’s success in war and why he and Sarah were called a father and mother of faith and of nations.


He attacked the armies of three nations with 318 trained servants

Gen 14:14  Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

Gen 14:15  He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.

Gen 14:16  So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

Gen 14:18  Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

Gen 14:19  And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;

Gen 14:20  And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.

Revelations of your Faith Victory in the Names of your Enemies:
Look at the names of the Kings Abraham was willing to face with his hired servants – he was I the midst of a battle with several nations and added his servants to the fight – but they were trained by him and therefore achieved a specific objective, the recovery of Lot and his goods when the Kings of Sodom an Gomorrah had fled the battle.


Enemy kings have names that give you the winning signal of faith to pursue and recover all:

AmraphelH569 kingH4428 of Shinar,H8152

sayer of darkness: fall of the sayer

country of two rivers – Babylonia or Chladea where Abraham was from


The false sayer (accuser) will fall from your past country and in your new life.


AriochH746 kingH4428 of Ellasar,H495

“lion-like” king from Ellasar = “God is chastener”, near UR where Abraham was from originally till God told him to leave that place of his fathers.

God rebukes and chasten the lion-like devil who walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.


ChedorlaomerH3540 kingH4428 of Elam,H5867

Chedorlaomer = “handful of sheaves”

Elam = “eternity”

Speaks of the harvest and salvation of souls for eternal life!



TidalH8413 kingH4428 of nations;H1471

Tidal = “great son”

Of nations and swarm of locusts that eat up your produce

You will defeat the great sons and chiefs of nations that seek to devour your people and goods.


Reasons that Abraham’s 318 War Strategy was successful:

Use trained servants that understand your cause
Pursue the enemy with faith and understanding – just look at these guy’s – their names speak of their defeat!
Divide your forces strategically by night
Decide to attack by faith
Pursue as far as necessary to recover all
Bring back the people and the goods
Beware of false compromises with cowards who left you in the lurch
Pay your respects and tithe to the ultimate cause of God’s kingdom in the form of Melchizedek who will bless you and yours in return forever


“So while Abraham did not even see his nation manifest yet – he had the capacity of nations in him to defeat nations.”

Abraham and Sarah believed God’s Promise and it was accredited to his account for faith.
Rom 4:17  (as it is written, “I HAVE MADE YOU A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

Rom 4:18  who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.”

Rom 4:19  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

Rom 4:20  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

Rom 4:21  and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.


What are you facing and what has been stolen from you? Look at how your accuser is fallen and chastised and how you will overcome great chiefs of nations and tribes to reap your harvest for eternity. Today you access the faith of your father and mother Abraham and Sarah.

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