Genesis Lesson 13 Day 2

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Genesis 20

Abraham and Abimelech

In Genesis 19:27, Abraham got up early in the morning and hurried up to the place where he stood in God’s presence and interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah. He saw columns of smoke rising from the cities like smoke from a furnace.

But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain. Genesis 19:29 NLT

Following the destruction of Sodom, Abraham and Sarah move again.

Scripture tells us God answered Abraham’s prayer and saved Lot, but it doesn’t say that Abraham knew the outcome. There’s also no record saying God instructed him to move or that he consulted God about it.

So it leaves us to wonder why he moved.

According to Jewish tradition, Abraham moved “To distance himself from Lot, as a bad reputation came upon him (Lot) since he had relations with his daughters.”1

This makes sense because we read the events in scripture, so God revealed the information and they passed it down orally until they put it in writing.

This new region they settled in is the land of the Philistines—the place that eventually produces Goliath.

3. a. Abraham deceives Abimelech

In Genesis 12:10-20, Abraham and Sarah went to live in Egypt to escape a severe famine. Before they entered, Abraham said to Sarah who was very beautiful, “Say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.” (v. 13)

Abraham and Sarah traveled south and settled between Kadesh and Shur in Gerar. He again said about Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Instead of trusting God to keep his family together and fulfill the covenant promises, his fear of being killed caused him to slip back into that same sinful habit. He also caused Sarah to lie.

There was another potential problem—The messengers promised Abraham and Sarah they would have a son within a year. If Abimelech slept with her and she became pregnant, how would they know if the baby was Abraham’s son? So, God could not let that happen.

b. Age does not automatically sanctify us.1

Unless yielded to the Spirit of God, we will repeat in our old age the sinful patterns of our youth.1

We compartmentalize our sin, thinking it won’t affect the rest of our lives. But it does.

A little yeast grows through the whole lump. Galatians 5:9

c. Sinful pattern—Crawling off the altar.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1 ESV5

Paul was speaking to us Christians. It is possible to commit our lives to the Lord for the purpose of salvation and yet not be yielded to the Lord in our daily lives. It is only when we make the total sacrifice of every area of our lives that we begin to see God’s perfect will manifest through our lives.2

Paul pleaded with the people, by the mercies of God, to do these things. This reflects the fact that God’s plans for our lives are better than our plans for ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11). We have to present our own bodies to the Lord as living sacrifices. The problem is that living sacrifices keep crawling off the altar. This isn’t just a onetime decision. It may start with a onetime commitment, but then we have to follow through with that decision every day for the rest of our lives. That’s why it’s called a living sacrifice.2

Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

To be transformed, my mind needs to line up completely with God’s Word. “I have hidden Your word in my heart, that i might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11

4. God intervened, again.

God intervened and spoke to Abimelech in a dream, saying, “You are a dead man, for that woman you have taken is already married!”4 Now, it was Abimelech’s turn to fear for his life. God even said, “If you don’t return her to her husband, you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”

The king was repentant and made a generous offering of restitution to Abraham. Abraham prayed, asking God to heal Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants so they could have children.

Notice how God honored and protected Sarah. She shared the blame for this incident (Genesis 20:5), yet God delivered her from this tragic situation. Praise God for His mercy and blessing (Genesis 12:3).2

5. My family

Remember and trust God to fulfill the promises He’s given me about my family.

A testimony I heard this week encouraged me tremendously.


Psalm 27 (Dealing with fear)

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

(Verses 2 and 3 omitted)


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2 AWM Living Commentary

3 Spirit Filled Life Bible*

4 New Living Bible Translation*

5 ESV Bible Translation*

6 Strong’s Concordance, public domain


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