March 31, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

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”… Continue Reading

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  1. 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.

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