Genesis 20

Genesis 20 has Abraham and Sarah journeying to Gerar.  Once again Abraham tells the king that Sarah his was was his sister.  Another lie told because Abraham was fearful that they would kill him because of his wife.  It seems that he would remember what happened the last time he tried this stunt.  It didn’t go well then, and it doesn’t go well again this time.  There seems to be a lack of trust on Abraham’s part of what God will do for him.  He continually is taking things into his own hands to solve.

God is paying attention though and comes to king Abimelech that night in a dream.  He wasn’t passively sitting back watching disaster happen.  God comes in the dream and says “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife”.  The king had to be a taken off guard here because he had been told that Sarah was sister, not wife.  God had not allowed the king to touch her, and he pleads to God that he was set up by the lies Abraham and Sarah had told.  God made it clear that he had kept the king from sinning so this could be rectified.

God is clear that Abimelech needed to return Sarah asap.  “Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them these things”.  He was going to correct this situation immediately.  Then the king called Abraham in and wanted to know why he had done this – lying to him about Sarah his wife.  Abraham makes the same lame excuse as last time saying he was fearful he would be killed.  He does have a basis for his fear.  “There is no fear of God at all in this place”.  But that doesn’t justify his lack of trust in God to protect him nor the decision he made to lie.

The king makes peace and gives Abraham a bunch of livestock and money and tells him “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you”.  Then it is time for Abraham to make things right with Abimelech.  God had already taken action against his people.  And Abraham “prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. For the Lord had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife”.  God intercedes here and turns what could have been a major issue into a blessing for all involved.  He takes evil and turns it to good.

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