Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Don't Mess with God's People: Abraham and Abimelech, Part 1

Now Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, "Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister,' and didn't she also say, 'He is my bother'? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands."

6Then 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. 7No 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 yours will die." -Genesis 20:4-7

There are somethings that I read in the Bible that make me scratch my head or cringe. Sometimes, I ask God how could he have allowed such things to happen, and other times, I have to chuck it up to our human inequities. That is exactly how I feel about Genesis 20. There are so many things wrong with this whole situation that I can go off; however, I have to stay focused right :)?

For those of us with children, we cannot reprimand or punish them for every single thing that they do wrong or else they would spend most of their lives in trouble. We know that somethings we just have to let go. I guess that is how I deal with some of the aspects of the Bible. God has shown us the way, but he cannot hold our hands all the time. Obviously, when he lets go, we make very bad choices.

Taking into consideration some of Abraham's gross lack of judgement and bad choices, there are some lessons to be learned from Genesis 20.

1. Don't mess with God's people- Abraham placed his wife in a compromising situation by pretending not to be married to her. Abimelech saw how fly [good looking for those who don't know :)] she was and wanted her for himself, so he took her (again, so many things wrong with this, but I digress). However, before he could get busy (in the carnal sense), God told him to stop because if he went any further not only would he die but his household would suffer also. No matter what we may think, if we stay under our God, He will protect us always.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your protection especially in the times that I did not deserve it. I thank you for your wisdom and strength. I praise and honor you for keeping me safe and giving me the burdens that I only I can bear. I thank you for the knowledge of you. When I am out of line, give the the strength to fall back in, knowing that you will be there waiting for me no matter what I do. In Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen

There are three parts. Look for part two, soon.
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