"And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah."
(Genesis 20:2 KJV)
Abimelech was the common name for Philistine kings, as “Pharaoh” was of the Egyptian kings. It means, "My father is king". This was the name of five biblical men mentioned in the Bible but we are going to look at the one who knew Abraham.
The Philistine king of Gerar in the time of Abraham was Abimelech (Gen. 20:1-18). Abimelech, took Sarah after asking Abraham who she was and Abraham said she was his sister. Sarah was put into the harem. That night, God invaded Abimelech's dream and told him that Sarah was a wife, that to take her would mean death to Abimelech and his people. Sarah was delivered from his harem, and was restored to her husband, Abraham. As a mark of respect, he gave Abraham valuable gifts, and offered him a settlement in any part of his country; while at the same time he delicately, and yet severely, rebuked him for having practiced a deception upon him in pretending that Sarah was only his sister.
This King of Gerar apparently knew something about Our Awesome God. What Abimelech knew about God we may never know but we do know that God had a purpose in sending Abraham, this "man of faith," to visit Abimelech. Could the purpose have been to increase the faith of Abimelach or even Abraham? This was the second time Abraham had lied about Sarah being his wife. God tests His people. And that’s exactly what He was doing with Abraham. God wanted to create a man of great faith - and so he put Abraham into situations where he would be tempted to use worldly solutions to solve painful problems. Each time Abraham failed. But he learned that God was worthy of his trust. His faith and love in Our Awesome God became greater.
We shouldn’t fear times of testing because it’s in these times of difficulty that we grow in our love and faith. And each time we succeed in passing the test, God seeks to reward us and encourage us for our faithfulness. Our Awesome God will test us even as He did Abraham and gave him a way out (the dream). Learn more about our God by reading His Holy Bible and praying. Your faith will grow since God is always faithful. God is blessing you!
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill