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Genesis 23

Read Genesis 23 – Sarah dies. 

Sarah was so beautiful that kings wanted her at first glance.  Sarah longed for a baby for most of her life, and was fulfilled with the birth of Isaac when she was 90.  Sarah taught us that “helping” God (remember Hagar and Ishmael) is a mistake – Instead, one must faithfully wait on the Lord’s timing. 

Abraham mourns and weeps for her.  Then he sets out to get a proper place to bury her, meeting and negotiating with the Hittite elders.  This negotiation was a cultural norm. 

Abraham was shown respect, being called an honored prince in their land, and they offered the land as a gift (:6).  Abraham insists on paying full price for the land and Ephron casually throws out a value of 400 pieces of silver. 

Bargaining was expected from this price… the land was probably worth about 60% of this amount.  But Abraham simply agreed to it, securing the cave at Machpelah as the burial place for Sarah. 

One day Abraham would join her there, and their children and grandchildren, but today, beautiful and beloved Sarah is laid to rest. 💗⚰️😪

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Genesis 20

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.”😻🙀😿❤🙌☝🙏

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Genesis 18

Read Genesis 18 – The LORD appeared again to Abraham.  Beloved, are you aware that the LORD appeared rarely and to people in the Old Testament, but we have Jesus 24/7?  He is always with you; never will he forsake you. 

Verse :2, “He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby.”  Abraham jumps to his feet, offering hospitality, and rallying Sarah to help. 

One of the three inquires about Sarah; Abraham says she is in the tent.  Then one of them says, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” 

Sarah was listening and laughing to herself, thinking how funny this will be for a woman her age.  The LORD wants to know why Sarah laughed; she denied it, but He said, “No, you did laugh.” :9-15. 

Now, recall that Abraham also laughed in the last chapter when the LORD told him the same thing, 17:17.  It was humanly impossible, but nothing is impossible with God.  Abraham embraced this on faith, while Sarah chose to lie and deny it. 

Then the men looked out at Sodom, wondering if Abraham should be told of their mission.  They decided to tell him, then two of the men turned and headed toward Sodom, while the LORD stayed behind with Abraham. 

Abraham boldly negotiates for Sodom, asking in verse :25a, “Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked.”  Then he asks if God would spare it for 50 righteous people, then 45, then 40… all the way down to 10, and each time the LORD says He will not destroy it for the sake of that many righteous people. 

Beloved, can you imagine speaking so forwardly with God?  Well, you can.  That is what prayer is, conversations, sharing your heart with Jesus.  Abraham gives an example of intercessory prayer.  Notice how specific it is; be specific with yours.  Know you are speaking with the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, in whom nothing is impossible. 💖🙏💖  

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Genesis 17

Read Genesis 17 – Faith and time – Abram is 99 years old and Sarai is 90.  It has been roughly 23 years since the LORD promised Abram he would be the father of many, and 13 years since God reminded Abram of His promise after the birth of Ishmael. 

God is outside of time.  Just because you have to wait longer than you want, do not lose faith. 

The LORD gives Abram a new name.  Abram means ‘the father of many’; his new name will be Abraham, meaning ‘the father of many nations’. (:5)  The LORD makes a covenant with Abraham to give him and his offspring the land of Canaan and to be their God.

This covenant will be sealed through the act of circumcision… much like Salvation in Christ Jesus is offered, yet one must seal it by saying yes and asking Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. 

God required circumcision of every male, 8 days old and older.  Science would discover the 7th day of life is when an infant’s immune system begins to mature and their bodies develop blood clotting agents (vitamin k and prothrombin), making the 8th day the most optimal… as God knew all along. 

The LORD also has a promise for Sarai, and a new name, Sarah.  Both versions mean princess, the first Sarai, is to one family; the second Sarah is princess over a multitude. 

In verses 17-22 we see how very real Abraham’s relationship is with the LORD, pointing out the problem of their advanced years and suggesting that the LORD is referring to Ishmael, to which God says no.  “But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” (:22) 

We see Abraham’s great faith and leadership in :23 when he, and Ishmael and every male in his household is circumcised on that very day. 

Beloved, is there something you’ve been waiting for a long time?  I pray these Scriptures would refresh your faith that the LORD has not forgotten your prayers.  He is at work in His timing and purpose, and when it is time, you will say, “Yes, LORD, that was perfect.”