May 22 – Genesis 20:1-14

 May 22 – Genesis 20:1-14

Heavenly Father, I am so grateful that you give us examples in the Bible where those You love so deeply and those You use in such an amazing way, show us they mess us, but You forgive. Why do we think we have to lie and connive our way to protection, or safety, when all we have to do is seek You. He even tries to make excuses after he is caught in the lie. Oh how You must laugh when I get frustrated with these stories because You know I do the very same thing. It might be different circumstances, but it’s the same lie and the same excuse. I’m not depending on You for guidance, or I know what You want me to do and it isn’t what I want to do. Forgive me Father when I am so disobedient. Forgive me when I am forgetful of what You have done for me. Thank You for loving such a sinner as me. That is how I know I can share You with the world. If you can love me, You can love anyone. Thank You for that knowledge of complete forgiveness and complete acceptance, Father.

In Jesus’ name.

Once again, Abraham takes control of a situation and lies about his wife, Sarah. Why did he feel the need to lie? What were his concerns? Fear can cause us to be less than honest. Can you think of a situation where fear has lead you to be less than honest? Did that end well for you? Do you have regrets? Thankfully, God forgives.

Genesis 20:1-14
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.”
8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?” 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. 13 And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
14 Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” 16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.” 17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. 18 For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.


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