by Christina Farris
1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and 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, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife. Have you ever been in a place that you wonder if you were the only Christian around. Have been in a place or gone somewhere and wonder about the morality of those around you. Maybe even fear of someone trying to pick you up and that was furtherist from your mind. Now Imagine Sarah being in a place her husband brought her to, a kingdom that did not seem to fear God, and your spouse was asked who is this beautiful woman, and your husband says my sister. Now Imagine being denied and being requested to deny your husband for his protection not necessarily yours. There is something wrong with the pictures of Abraham in today's world, but in reality it was a time and place long ago, not like today's world. The king take Sarah to be his wife, but she would remain away from the king for a time period of preparation.
King Abilemech a great king heard from God about the situation. It is an odd experience to know your spouse is so ordained to be your spouse that God even interfers with a foreign kings plans, because he has plans for Sarah to be not only the wife of Abraham but the mother of one great nation. Sarah was maybe more loved by God then we fully understand. God did not let anything happen to Sarah in the king's palace. Yet he curse the people of land from having children because of the king taking Sarah to be his future wife. God explained to the king himself that Abraham was a prophet and in order to be healed he would have to ask Abraham to pray for him and his nation. In other words he was showing King Abimilech Abraham was his son by spiritual faith, that his hand was on the life of Abraham. The king was not his child, but he was warned because of Abraham status. Did the king become a believer that day, I like to think so.
In this story we see fear played out by Abraham fear to be totally truthful, he did not lie but he did not reveal the whole truth. Second the king had fear of Abraham's God because these two people had infected his nation by a half truth. Yet the fear of God caused Abimelech to obey God, but Abraham and Sarah faith was not such that they fear God enough to rely that God would protect them. They were still in training on the love that God had for them as a couple and divine will for their life.
When we are in training for God we might tell a half truth, not telling the full story until it necessary to be honest, because of our fear of what man may do, is greater then what God is able to do. It easy not to rely on the understanding that God is our protector in all situations. To understand that God has a will for one's life does not give man the ability to defy logic. If you in the will of God you don't go jumping off five story building and hope the doctors can put you back together. You do not dodge a speeding bus in knowledge it is not God's will yet because he spoken to your heart his will for your life.
Basically don't be stupid just because God has told you his will, don't plan to have to rescue another that is his will for your life. You want victory in God trust in his will, and his direction, not on your own understanding. Knowing that his will, will be accomplished in your life. The age old question is if you trusting in God are you willing to allow God to accomplish it in his timing or trade your spouse for a new model, or give your wife up to a king, I be truthful, God desired Abraham to be the Father of Sarah offspring, not some king that had enough fear of the one that spoke to him in a dream, that he obeyed to protect his people and Abraham's wife.
We can not expect others to obey God just because he spoke to them too. Every believer has had God's spirit convict their heart first of all of belief and sin. Without there is no believer or rebirth. Yet many believer believe and yet fail to obey. Even the devil believes and trembles but he does not obey God. Abilemech was a king who believed in more then one God. It does not say whether Abraham had come to a plan to rescue his wife. It does not say why God rescued her beyond that fact this couple was chosen by him. This my friend makes knowledge of fear of God not great enough to be honest about their life. There knowledge of God did not protect them, God protected them. There is a big difference when our ignorance fails but God does not fail. We can not in anyway get in the way of God plans for he will change our poor judgment into a time of revival for another country. Abimelech had to repent and give Sarah back to Abraham to heal his land. What kind of revival broke out there scripture does not say, but if repentance is involved something happened. Something that is not clear but a country was made whole(healed). What kind of impact did this have on these people. Abilemech did not seem jealous of this new family or the fact that a child born to this family was extra special.
This list of things seen here could or might of continued, but the point remains God did not allow anything bad to happen to his people that did not tell the whole truth, nor did they lie. For Sarah was Abraham's half sister by birth, Same father but not the same mother. Back in those day it was not illegal to marry a sister or a cousin. In fact incest laws did not come around til 1900 AD. This issue between Abraham and Sarah was not illegal only in today's world. God did not stop this couple from being joined, or from carrying out his will of a great nation, through their future son Isaac, yet he did not stop Abraham from sleeping with Sarah's maid. Perhaps it shows God's protection on Sarah as being the chosen woman for this nation. Maybe it shows how blessed Sarah is then over Abraham. Her purity was very important to God. Yet Abraham's purity seem not essential at this time, it is in our world today. Fidility is important in marriage.
Ladies do not fear what God is going to do in your life, or who God intends for you to marry, be more in prayer of his protection and his will being done in your life, then the fear of what man will do. I can not picture Sarah anger, fury, and discomfort of going and living in the king's palace without her husband. Yet she was willing to protect him. Being taken and lead to where one did not want to go. Fearing rape, abuse and no telling what else in a strange land. Yet Sarah was blessed woman. Abraham only fear was death, but he had savior his wife. Our Savior is Jesus, because when we fail, his word and God's word remains in our life to be true.
Dear Heavenly Father, remind us of your will in our life, to know your protection in our life, and our divineness of our marriage to our spouses as well as your protection until all your will for our life is full filled, and carried onward to heaven gate. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Proverbs 9:9-11 KJV
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.