Abraham’s Prayer and Abimelek’s Household: Genesis 20:18

“And Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelek and his wives and his handmaidens and they bore children because Yahweh had completely worked restraint throughout all the wombs in the house of Abimelek over this thing of Sarah, the wife of Abraham.” (Genesis 20:18)   As we discussed in the passages above, God protects… Read More

Blood Atonement: Genesis 20:16

“And to Sarah he said, ‘Behold, I have given a thousand pieces of silver to your brother. Behold it is for you a covering of the eyes to all that are with you and to all that you may be found to be in the right.’” (Genesis 20:16)   In many cases, this is the… Read More

Dwelling where it is good to do so…: Genesis 20:14-15

“And Abimelek took a flock, cattle, servants, and maidservants and gave them to Abraham. And he returned Sarah, his wife, to him. And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before your face; you shall dwell where it seems good to your eye.” (Genesis 20:14-15)   Here we find a very interesting event. Not only do we… Read More

Abraham’s Fear: Genesis 20:11

“And Abraham said, ‘It was because I said, ‘no one fears God in this place and they will slay me over the thing of my wife.’’” (Genesis 20:11)   “For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did… Read More

The Confrontation: Genesis 20:9-10

“Then Abimelek called for Abraham and said to him, ‘What have you done to us? How have I sinned towards you that you have introduced this great sin upon me and upon my kingdom? Works which should not have been done, you have worked upon me.’ Abimelek said to Abraham, “What did you see that… Read More

Fearing Retribution: Genesis 20:8

“And Abimelek went early in the morning and called to all of his servants and he spoke of all the these things in their ears. The men were very afraid.” (Genesis 20:8)   Abimelek is appropriately afraid of the threat that is given and rushes to tell his servants what has taken place during the… Read More

Abraham the Prophet: Genesis 20:7

“Now, return the wife of this man, for he is a prophet and he will pray on your behalf so you will live. And if you do not return her, know that you will surely die—you and all who are yours.” (Genesis 20:7)   What I find fascinating about this encounter is that even though… Read More

Pleading Your Innocence: Genesis 20:5-6

“‘Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister.’ And she also said herself, ‘He is my brother.’ In the purity of my heart and the guiltlessness of my hands, I did this.’ And God said to him in the dream, ‘I know that in the purity of your heart you have done this… Read More

Destroying a Righteous Nation: Genesis 20:4

“Abimelek had not come near to her, and he said, “Lord, will you kill a nation that is also righteous?’” (Genesis 20:4)   Abimelek is making an interesting statement as well as having a deep theological insight. The recognition that he makes is that if God brings judgment against him as king over the people,… Read More

‘You are a dead man!’: Genesis 20:3

“And God went in to Abimelek in a dream by night saying to him, ‘Behold, you are dead over the woman you took for she is married to a husband.’” (Genesis 20:3)   Just as God did before, once again he protects the purity of Sarah. God ensures that the woman who will be the… Read More

‘She is my Sister’: Genesis 20:2

“And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, ‘She is my sister.’ And Abimelek, king of Gerar, sent and he took Sarah.” (Genesis 20:2)   Uh, Abraham, haven’t we been through this once before when you were back in Egypt? What happened to honoring, cherishing, shepherding, and protecting your wife? How is it that the man… Read More