In The Beginning God Part 10

Kingwell By Kingwell, 16th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20ort4uu/
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Being a herdsman Abraham traveled the region with his flocks and at the time of this happening was living in Gerar. Once again in fear for his life he had told the people that Sarah was his sister, rather than his wife.

Abraham And Sarah Deceive Abimelech.

There is an interesting story in Genesis chapter twenty and one that appears to have happened when Abraham and Sarah were much younger. Why it is recorded here and not earlier is anyone's guess and seems to show that the book may have been put together in a rather haphazard fashion. Being a herdsman Abraham travelled the region with his flocks and at the time of this happening was living in Gerar. Once again in fear for his life he had told the people that Sarah was his sister, rather than his wife. You will remember from earlier that Sarah was a beautiful woman and soon Abimelech, king of Gerar took Sarah to his house. But God comes to the king in a dream (although we are not told what form he took or how Abimelech knew it was God) and said "behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou has taken; for she is a man's wife" Genesis 20:3.

Abimelech however, has not touched Sarah, in fact has not come near her and cries unto God "wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? 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". God answered the king still in the dream and said "Yea, I know 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. 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". Genesis 20:3-7.

Abimelech Returns Sahah To Her Husband.

Early in the morning, as soon as he had awakened Abimelech called all his servants together and told them what God had said and all were very much afraid. The king immediately called Abraham and asked, and I quote "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. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, what sawest thou that thou hast done this thing? 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. 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. 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 whether we shall come, say of me, he is my brother. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said behold my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. 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. So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the Lord had fast closed the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife". Genesis 20: 9-18.

Questions!

Looking at this story, it appears first of all that God had no problem with incest for Abraham's wife was also his half - sister! We might also be forgiven for wondering why God was so angry with Abimelech since it was Abraham who attempted to deceive the king! It's true that he did not lie outright but it's clear that there was intent. Yet God not only threatens to kill Abimelech but all his household, indeed to destroy all that he has, even after admitting that he knew that the king had done no harm! To add insult to injury God now tells Abimelech that he will have Abraham pray for him that he and his kingdom might be healed.

Abimelech goes along with all of it, even giving Abraham a portion of his goods as well as permission to live anywhere he wishes in his country. When Sarah had been returned to him, Abraham prayed to God and God made things right with Abimelech and his kingdom.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 11
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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Great share! You always do a fantastic job.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. I'm pleased that you like my writing. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
17th Apr 2015 (#)

God really does move in mysterious ways. He creates a new mystery around every corner.

I have a lot of trouble with this God of the old Testament too.

Hard to fathom his actions, if he really is the real God.

Perhaps he is not, he is referred to as the God of Israel, perhaps he was just one of these lesser Gods given this one tribe to look after....nice work here again Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

The Christian church as well as the followers of Judaism certainly feel that he is the real God, but I know that many Christians don't take the Old Testament literally and to be honest, I don't understand how anyone can except such stories. The people of that day could only imagine a God with the same traits as themselves, that is he would get angry, seek revenge and show favoritism - come to think of it people haven't changed that much have they? Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
17th Apr 2015 (#)

yes it is very difficult to understand, all I can say was Abraham was the chosen oF God to father three great nations and so his actions were excused

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

So pleased that you are still following Carol, thank you. The God of the Old Testament does seem to have favorites. Blessings

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks for an unbiased approach Kingwell. We need to ask questions within all beliefs to get answers that are convincing; silence is not always golden Even today many take Gods to have similar frailties like us, take sides and even connive and fight against other Gods!

My inner awareness tells me we are from the same source - just one Creator for all we see and even don't! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and I would agree with you. My inner knowing tells me that we are one not just with other humans but with all life and that also makes us one with God. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
13th Jun 2015 (#)

I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 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". Genesis 20:3-7.

This is huge. I believe it is evidence that God is kind and merciful ~ to name just a couple of His attributes.

Thanks again for this series ~ Kingwell. I love it.

Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen. I am enjoying your responses as well. Blessings.V

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