ASV notes on Genesis 20:8-13

The dream where God talked to Abimelech scared him and he feared for his life, and got up in the morning and told all his servants about it, and they most certainly brought this further to the people. The respect and fear for the God of Abraham must have affected all in the area when Abraham or some of his met them in their moving around with all the animals looking for food and water. God prepared the way for His prophet.

Abraham as nomad moved from place to place and he gave Sarah a standing order to tell people that she was his sister. Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister; they were both children of Terah and siblings of Nahor and Haran, they had different mothers, not named in the Bible.

ASV notes on Genesis 12:10-13 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

Now there was a famine and all the animals that Abraham and Lot had needed food, Abraham didn’t complain to God, he just went on towards Egypt where he heard there were enough of green grass, herbs, and fruit. God blesses what you set your hand to. God blesses, but you have to set your hand to something that He can bless.

When they were about to enter Egypt, Abraham feared for his life because of the beauty of Sarah his wife. He said to Sarah; please tell them that you are my sister. This was not a friendly asking; this was more like an order, even though he said please. Sarah was 65, but still pretty and desirable.

Abraham was not perfect, he told Sarah to lie, well Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister, but by saying that she was his sister, she expressed that she was not Abraham’s wife. Abraham would sacrifice Sarah to become a possible kind of sex slave in Pharaohs’ harem.

Questions to consider

  1. Did Abraham lie?
  2. Why do we have to set our hand to something?
  3. Was Abraham perfect?