Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife - I am Afraid, 4
The answer to yesterday's question, "did Abram learn his lesson or was he a slow learner?"
Not only was he a slow learner, but also a repeat offender! Almost the same story is found in Genesis 20. It's quite the story when you compare it to Genesis 12. We will only look at the first three verses here, but I would encourage you to read the rest of the story.
Genesis 20:1-3. "And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 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."
The king of Gerar was about as thrilled as Pharoh was back in Egypt in Genesis 12. There were very similar results.
Why? This man of God, Abram, had heard from God and was on a journey; the exact destination was unknown to him. He was wealthy and had any goods. He was important enough to meet with kings and rulers.
Just for the fun of it, when was the last you went on a journey and met with the king? The Ruler? The President? The Governor of the state? The mayor of a large city? Recently, I traveled about 2,300 miles in a three week period through six states: Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The highest ranking official I met was an assistant to the assistant manager at one of the travel centers in Mississippi.
Why did Abram meet influential folks? To me, and you may think different, it is because of who he was and his wealth. As Abraham traveled, he wasn't just a "nobody." He was a "somebody." (I am so glad we are all a "somebody" to The Lord Jesus Christ!)
We cannot deny the fact that Abram was also afraid - very afraid of what influential men could possibly do to him in spite of the fact that God had made a promise to him regarding a baby son from him and Sarai that had not been fulfilled as of his journey into Gerar. I question – did his fear of man overshadow the promise from God?
An even more personal question to ask ~ do you, do I, ever allow the fear of what man or woman can do to us or say about us, overshadow what God has already promised us in His Word?
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."
In tomorrow's post, I don't want you to be scared because you will get your Quilt.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth
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