Abraham and Abimelek
1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 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.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that 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.
7 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Abraham began to move around after the incident at Sodom. During his travels, he remained for a while at Gerar. Once again he used the ruse he had used before when he was still known as Abram. He told Abimelek, king of Gerar, that Sarah was his sister and Abimelek “took” her. (I remember here that earlier stories about the couple said that Sarah was a very beautiful woman.)
But Abimelek was visited by God in a dream. God told him he had taken a married woman. Abimelek had not gone near her and proclaimed himself an innocent man.
God told Abimelek he knew he had a clear conscience, not knowing Sarah was married, and that he (God) had kept Abimelek from touching her and thereby sinning against God.
God then told Abimelek to return Sarah to Abraham or he and all his people would die.
Once again, God proves through Abraham that he takes care of his own even when we are not perfect people. Because Abraham loved the Lord, the Lord protected Sarah and gave her back to him even though he had told Abimelek a falsehood and placed her in the position where she might have been the cause of sin taking place.
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