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Lesson # Genesis 20:1-2
Study Material - Genesis 20:1-2
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1 Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister.' So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
Abraham has left Mamre, the place of Gods word, as we have already seen. He lived there for quite a number of years. Almost a couple of decades. So Abraham lived in the same location for a long time. He had his up's and down's, but in recent days he has had two good meetings with God, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ.
He listened and obeyed the command to circumcise himself and those males in his camp. This was a command that probably would catch anyone a little off guard. It is not the usually command that one would expect from God. It had never happened before in history. To be told to cut ones own privates in such a manner would cause any normal person to raise their eyebrows, but Abraham obeyed without question.
He also had the promise, twice, of a son, and from his own wife Sarah. Sarah received this promise as well. And this despite their age and being beyond the time of being able to have children. They were dead sexually. Abraham being incapable, and Sarah having passed through her menopause time, no more ovulation, no more cycles, etc.
So what has happened? Why would Abraham just break camp and move off to the south into the Negev? You will recall that the Negev means a place without boundaries, meaning without reference points, such that a person cannot get his bearings in life.
He moved between Kadesh and Shur. Kadesh, 'Qudesh', a place in the desert, a sanctuary, unclean though sacred, fugitive, wandering. So it comes to mean a wilderness of false sanctuary. Shur, 'Shuwr', a region of desert, a wall for traveling about, to travel as a harlot, to wander. So this comes to mean a false sense of travel walled in by undefined desert walls.
Then he moves on to Gerar, a rolling hill country, a Philistine city, a ;place to drag off roughly, to catch, to chew, to saw in to, to destroy.
In the next chapter Sarah conceives and gives birth to Isaac. In the last chapter Abraham is 99 and is promised that he will have a son one year hence. So this time period is during those three months in between the meeting with God and Sarah's conception. What happened them? Sodom was destroyed. Lot was lost? Or so Abraham thought.
Abraham had prayed for Sodom. What he really wanted was the deliverance of Lot. He saw the destruction , the thorough destruction of Sodom, and jumped to the wrong conclusion that Lot was now gone as well. Presumably his prayer denied by Christ, to whom he petitioned in their last meeting.
Abraham had a spiritual backslide, Jere. 3:22. But that should not cause anyone to seek an end to their life, or to assume that their life is over. What did Abraham do? He did not get his request, or better put, he did not know that his request was granted, but he assumed that it was denied. So he pouted. He felt sorry for himself and packed up his entire camp. That is over 300 men of fighting age (and that was 25 years ago so that number has to be greater by now), their families, the flocks, herds, and such that support all of them, and after so many years in one place, he moves.
His wife is about to become pregnant. This is no time to be moving around aimlessly, but that is exactly what he is doing - wandering without much direction, into a region where there is no security, right into the realm of a king whose rule is ruthless to say the least.
Sarah is 90 years old but still desirable in her appearance. Abimelech desired her. And the story, which Abraham used on Pharaoh before and was rebuked for it, is being used again. 'She is my sister.' This is a true statement, but it hides their marriage. Sarah is about to conceive, and she is to conceive from Abraham not Abimelech. So here is a possible place where the father of the child could be placed in question. God will prevent it however.
As for Abraham. He went off on a tangent. He had no reason to leave his home, in that place of doctrine. When you reside in Gods Word and things do not go your way, you should not become disenchanted and run off into some type of feeling sorry for self routine.
Abraham did not get hurt. His life was not affected by the destruction of Sodom. He should have learned that God can bless, as He had promised, and He can curse as well - Sodom. Christ came to him as 'El Shaddai', the All Powerful, All Mighty. He came to him as 'I Am', the eternally existing one. God had dome a lot for Abraham, and now Abraham is just being a jerk spiritually. He is reacting emotionally to the apparent denial of his request, of which he really does not know the outcome. So he is reacting to unknown facts, or assumptions. That is not objective.
So he is back to the same old game. 'Tell the king that you are my sister and we will be safe.' Who controls history? Who is the true source of safety in our lives? Who is the true source of blessing?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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