Gen. 20:9-13 Abimelech reproves Abraham
20:9 "Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou
done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on
me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that
ought not to be done. 10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest
thou, that thou hast done this thing? 11 And Abraham said, Because I
thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay
me for my wife's sake. 12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the
daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became
my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my
father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou
shalt show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He
is my brother."
Abimelech acknowledged his own sin in taking Sarah, even, calling it a
"great sin." Yet, Abimelech also knew that this whole episode would not
have taken place if Abraham and Sarah had been forthcoming concerning
their relationship. He had every right to question the actions of
Abraham and to admonish him for doing what he did. Abraham and Sarah
through their deceitfulness brought Abimelech and Gerar into a position
of near destruction from God. He was correct in saying to Abraham,
"thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done."
Abraham's response to Abimelech when questioned why he did what he did
was "because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and
they will slay me for my wife's sake." Even for someone as faithful as
Abraham and Sarah, yet there were times that their faith waned and they
attempted to take things into their own hands. Rather than trusting
that God would watch over them, in this occasion and in the similar
episode in Egypt, they had trusted in their own ingenuity. However,
when we trust in ourselves rather than God, we generally cause ourselves
problems and make a mess of things. Ultimately their deliverances came
from God and not from their own plans.
above, Abraham reveals to us that Sarah is his half sister. That
explains why what he said and what she said was not directly a lie. Yet
it was deceitful for them to say this and mislead people into believing
they were siblings and not spouses.
Abimelech gives gifts unto Abraham and Reproves Sarah
Gen. 20:14 "And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and
gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 15 And
Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth
thee. 16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a
thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes,
unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved."
above passage we make the following observations:
1. Abimelech obeyed God when he restored Sarah
back to Abraham. Because Abimelech feared God he did not linger in
2. Abimelech believed God when God told him
that Abraham was a prophet. Abimelech recognized the superiority of
office of the prophet over his office of King. We do not know how
Abimelech gained his office, but we do know that God appointed Abraham
to the office of prophet. Thus, Abraham's office is superior to
3. In honor of God's blessings upon Abraham, Abimelech gave gifts unto Abraham: sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and
womenservants and a thousand pieces of silver. Abimelech was a wealthy
man, but he was willing to give of his wealth to assist the prophet of
God on his journey of life.
4. Abimelech reproved Sarah. He did this by
gently referring to Abraham as her brother. Moreover, she was reproved
in that Abimelech was gracious and giving unto Abraham and her while she
and Abraham had been deceitful. The scriptures tell us to overcome evil
with good: Luke 6:35 "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall
be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and
to the evil."
Gen. 20:17, 18
Abraham prays for Abimelech and his household
20:17 "So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his
wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. 18 For the LORD had
fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah
Previously Abraham had interceded on behalf of Lot and God honored
Abraham by delivering Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Now Abraham prays unto God for Abimelech and his household. Lot was
very close kin to Abraham, but Abimelech was a stranger. Yet Abraham
prayed for Abimelech as well as Lot.
answered the prayer of Abraham on behalf of Abimelech and his household
and gave to them children which had been withholden from them because of