Talks for Growing Christians
Abraham and Abimelech
Lesson Number 43
- Mature believers can make selfish mistakes more than once.
- Mature believers may receive stinging rebukes more than once.
- Let’s not blame God for our selfish choices.
- Let’s not assume we know an unbeliever’s heart.
- Who was Abimelech? Why was he important here?
- What is a prophet? Who was the prophet in this biblical account?
- Did Abraham, the friend of God and a man of faith, duplicate his mistakes?
- How was Abraham rebuked for his lies?
- Abraham made an erroneous assumption about Abimelech. What was it?
- He was the king of Gerar and one of the early Philistine kings. He is important to this scriptural account because of his dealings with Abraham.
- A prophet is defined as one who speaks the word of God to the people. Abraham was called a prophet in Genesis 20:7. This is the first mention of a prophet in the Bible.
- Yes. He lied twice about Sarah being his wife, first to Pharaoh (Genesis 12) and then to Abimelech (Genesis 20). The fact that Sarah was Abraham’s half sister (Genesis 20:12) didn’t make their lie less than a lie.
- He was rebuked by unbelievers, first by the pagan Pharaoh and then by Abimelech.
- See Genesis 20:11. Abraham assumed that Abimelech was a pagan like the rest of the Canaanites. He was unaware that Abimelech had a knowledge of God, that he heard the true God, and that he had integrity of heart before God. See Genesis 20:6.
- Abraham was not preserved from making foolish mistakes. He even repeated the same mistakes. A selfish mistake can take an active, productive, mature believer right out of the loop of God’s blessing. How can you learn from this lesson?
- Abraham was rebuked by unbelievers for lying. What a sad testimony! Did you ever receive a stinging rebuke from an unbeliever? This is a lesson in walking by faith. Heed it.
- Abraham tried to shift the blame of his mistake to God (Genesis 20:13). Abraham failed to take his own responsibility for making a mistake. Don’t be an Abraham in this regard.
- Abraham assumed that Abimelech did not know or fear or obey God. Have you been guilty of such assumptions about some people in your spheres of life?
- “Abraham said of Sarah his wife, ‘She is my sister.’“ Genesis 20:2
- “Abimelech said before God, ‘In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands...’ and God said to him, ‘Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.’“ Genesis 20:5-6
- “What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?” Genesis 20:10
- “Abraham said, ‘I thought the fear of God is not in this place.’“ Genesis 20:11