Transquotation: Genesis 14:11-12; 14:14-15

17 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


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. (Genesis 14:11-12)

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. (Genesis 14:14-15)


So the Devil took all the people, and went on his way.

God knew all of this, and so He led His son, ‘born’ in his house, and went in pursuit. And He defeated the Devil’s forces during three hours of night, he and his servants, and defeated them and made a mockery of them.

Explanation of the transquote:

I’m not sure what exactly goes through your head when you think of the Gospel of Jesus: most likely a picture of a man with nails in him dying on a tree. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that in the least, it’s the same thought that goes through my head. But there’s more to it than that: Jesus went into Hell itself, He became sin itself, He bore God’s entire barrage of wrathful arrows.

I find most Christians (namely, Pastors which I’ve heard, and I’ve heard several) like to give the ‘cutsie’ version of the Gospel. – That, or they ignore it all together, but we’ll overlook those pastors for now. – It simply is in people’s nature, mine included, to prefer to look at a distance, or better yet for some, run off as eleven of the disciples did. It’s enjoyable for us to be able to look at a crucified savior and say, “Oh, that’s so sad. But it’s okay, because it makes me happy!” Or some variation on that. But it’s more than that. Yes, there’s no discounting under any circumstances the cross and the torment that caused Jesus, but that’s only a small fraction of the story. He actually went in pursuit of the devil, caught Him, slayed Him, and freed us. He went to Hell itself in order to lead captives in His train of salvation whilst giving them the gift of eternal life (see: Ephesians 4:8). He didn’t simply die on the cross, that would have meant He was like any other man crucified on a cross. He gave up His spirit so that He could come to our rescue.

It seems to me that we’ve dummed-down the Gospel. We’ve made Jesus out to be just a man. Yes it’s entirely true He was wholly man, but He was also holy (get the joke? Wholly; holy) God incarnate! He did not simply die, He became sin itself. He took the brunt of God’s wrath. But really its still more than that: He then made a complete mockery of Satan. Look how Paul puts it:

  13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.[e] (Colossians 2:13-15)

Now that we’ve explained the transquote, let’s verify it:

New Testament confirmation:

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[a]he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— (1 Peter 3:18-19)

Context confirmation:

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. (Genesis 14:13)

As with all shadows, the details don’t line up perfectly. No one ever had to ‘inform God’. — So this supports the simple fact that this is in fact a transquote and not a reality.

Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people. (Genesis 14:16)

Likewise Christ brought back all the people trapped. i.e. Us!

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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2 responses to “Transquotation: Genesis 14:11-12; 14:14-15

  1. Scripture Zealot

    December 17, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I LOVE Colossians 2:15. How upside down that seems to us. I’ve been praying that God will keep showing me how His kingdom is right side up and this world is upside down.


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