Read Genesis 20 – The Lord protects, even when we are foolish.
For the second time, Abraham tells his wife to say she is his sister, and she is taken to be another man’s wife.
Abimelech has beautiful Sarah brought to him, yet does not touch her and goes to bed. God meets Abimelech in a dream and tells him he will die because Sarah is already married.
Abimelech defends his life, saying he did not sleep with her, she and Abraham both said she was his sister. And would God destroy an innocent nation? This is interesting because in :11 we learn that this is a godless nation, yet Abimelech knows enough about God’s character to present his incomplete knowledge of who Sarah was to say he acted in innocence. For that matter, he takes God seriously and does not deny or question that he is God.
God responds with words that should echo in your heart. He says: YES, I KNOW YOU ARE INNOCENT. THAT’S WHY I KEPT YOU FROM SINNING AGAINST ME, AND WHY I DID NOT LET YOU TOUCH HER. :6 The LORD was in control, protecting Sarah, guarding the line of Jesus that would come from her and Abraham. God acted in the lives of those who were godless even though Abraham made the mess by deceiving the king in the first place. Keep reading to learn how all this works out.
Beloved, we are a messy bunch! Paul says in Romans 7:19 “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” This is the war at work between the sin nature we were born with, and the spiritual nature we were born-again into. So, before you start throwing stones at Abraham, look in a mirror. If anything comes to mind to confess, now is the time, and thank God for His hand of protection over your life as He makes Romans 8:28 come true again and again: AND WE KNOW THAT GOD CAUSES ALL THINGS TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.”😻🙀😿❤🙌☝🙏