Abraham and Abimelek
20 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet,and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”
8 Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”
11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”
16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”
17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
Trust. We all have trust issues in our relationships don’t we!? I mean we want to trust that other person… Our friends… husbands… Wives… kids …. God Included. It’s a difficult thing to trust someone else. There over 150 verses in the Bible where God says trust is really an important part of our relationship with him and others.
Over the weekend Solomon was reminding us that we have to learn from our mistakes. You would’ve thought Abraham had learned his lesson from chapter 12 but again he tells his wife to lie and say that she is his sister to King Abimelech, just like he did in Egypt. ￼￼ It’s easy to slip back into old comfortable ways and that’s exactly what Abraham did by not trusting God. Again Abraham thought he had a better plan but little did he know God would make sure his plan failed.
Abraham was fearful and his lack of trust that God would provide led him back to the same place he was before. But we see even though Abraham failed to trust God, God did not abandon him. And the same thing goes for us. God will never leave us .. he will snatch us out of harms way.
God‘s plan for Abraham and Sarah would not be thwarted by misguided trust so he went to King Abimelech in a dream and told him ‘you’re all gonna die if you lay with this woman … ALL OF YOU! Sounds like we’re on the brink of another Sodom and Gomorrah. The King was fearful and he listened to God and gave Sarah back to Abraham questioning him like why do you do this to me I didn’t do anything to you. Even though he was a non believer he had the fear of the Lord.
God protected Abraham and Sarah… again. It’s a good thing he never gets tired of forgiving us and giving us grace. Time and time again we make the same mistakes over and over thinking that we will get a different result but we never do. Yes God will step in when his plans are in jeopardy. “Fear keeps us from doing the right thing” my friend Doug said this morning. We’re all afraid of the unknown right?
Papa H said this morning, “We have to remember as God‘s people he will always make a way. God will always protect his people even when we do wrong.”
“He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go.”
Psalms 91:11 NCV
We all have some thing that we run back to, a bad habit, something that is hurtful to us, something that God has delivered us from yet we go back to it.
We serve a merciful God and forgiving God. He will give you peace in the midst of confusion and in the storm. He will always make away.
So my question to you is:
What do you run back to?
Trust God to keep you from going back there again.