ASV mark on Genesis 20:1-7

Now it was time for Abraham to move all his cattle and flocks to another area finding food for them. Abraham was a nomad, moved from place to place, and stayed temporarily where his animals were grazing. This time he ended up in Gerar where he settled his huge camp, here Abimelech was king.

Again, Abraham did it, he told Sarah his beautiful wife to lie and say that he was her brother giving the impression that she was not his wife. Even thou Sarah was close to ninety and probably pregnant she was nice to look at and desirable. The king, Abimelech heard about her beauty and fetched her into his harem were she stayed waiting for the king to call her.

Abimelech wanted to have sex with Sarah, but every time he tried to make it happen God hindered him, God looked after Sarah because she was the wife of the prophet Abraham. God gave Abraham the title prophet; it implies that Abraham spoke the words of God. God protected His prophet and stopped the king from touching his wife. 

The same is true today, if you speak the words of God, God protects you because of the words you speak; speaking the “words of God when in Jesus” makes you a prophet. Abimelech in his intent to have sex with Sarah was innocent, it was Abraham that did wrong, sacrificing his wife making Abimelech sin against God’s prophet.

God sentenced Abimelech to death for trying to touch Sarah, the king was facing the death penalty, he was about to be executed by God, not just Abimelech but also his household was to be killed, God made Abimelech and his people respect Abraham.

God told Abimelech to return the prophets wife to him and then God would pardon Abimelech by Abraham praying for him, saving his life. Abimelech did what God told him in a dream. After this all in the area knew about Abraham and his awesome God.

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?

ASV notes on Genesis 12:14-20 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

In Egypt as in many other kingdoms at that time, everything was about the leader, in this case Pharaoh, his power, his army, his battles and his wellbeing including his harem. Abraham knew all that and we can well understand why he asked Sarah to say she was his sister.

Pharaoh made Abraham richer than he already was. Abraham became a small moving city, with transportation, donkeys and camels, working labours, slaves or servants.  When Abraham moved it was a huge caravan that needed to be well organised. When Abraham settled down somewhere and builded an Alter for his God, people around noticed it, they knew who Abraham was and they knew that he worshipped only one God.

 

God had said that He would bless Abraham and his seed, and bless them that blessed him, and curse them that curse him; God’s protection surrounded Abraham, This protection did not depend on Abraham, but on the integrity of God’s Word. God punished Pharaoh, the innocent part in this matter and Pharaoh gave Sarah back to Abraham and acknowledged that Abraham’s God was a great God. You are not perfect either, but in Jesus you are a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and you are already blessed, Ephesians 1:3.

Pharaoh commanded his soldiers to escort Abraham away from Egypt; I think Pharaoh thought that then this “great and terrible God” also would leave together with Abraham.

Questions to consider

  1. Why did Abraham ask Sarah to say that she was his sister?
  2. Why did Pharoh make Abraham richer than he was before?
  3. Why did Abraham build an Alter?
  4. Who was the guilty party in the matter between Pharoah and Abraham?