Genesis 20 (ESV)
From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4 Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? 5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours” . . . Continue Reading
She’s My Sister
Genesis 20 is an interesting chapter. Once again, Abraham is telling kings that Sarah is his sister – this time it’s Abimelech, king of Gerar.
It’s clear that Abraham has not been able to conquer his fear that his beautiful Sarah would catch someone’s eye and they would kill him to have her. He actually blames God in Genesis 20:13. And this, after all the faith he has shown to this point in so many other areas of his life. But Abraham’s fear is still with him influencing his decisions.
It would seem that Genesis 20 is actually an earlier account since they are so advanced in years (Genesis 18:11) but perhaps this story shows old habits die hard.
Oh how even with God’s personal intervention and influence on our lives, we like Abraham can make decisions we think are best instead of relying on God’s provision and following God’s leading. Abraham didn’t rely on faith but fear.
Father, keep me from making decisions that I think are best. Prevent me from making choices that are based in fear rather than faith. Help me to always seek Your wisdom and guidance and not rely my own very limited and very human reasoning. Amen.
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,