Monday, May 26, 2014

Genesis Bible Study

Genesis 20 Bible Study

Does Abraham ever learn his lesson?  Didn’t he just do this same thing in Egypt? It’s easy to slip back into old sinful habits.  Even if we know better.  Even if we have suffered the same consequences before because of the same old sin. 

The Israelites would be fed miraculous manna in the morning and by sunset worship a foreign God.  They would see a pillar of fire on the horizon and then slip the ring off their finger to melt down into a calf (slight exaggeration). But isn’t that the way we walk through our day?  A circumstance would arises and your first micro-millisecond instinct is to think on your feet and come up a solution that makes sense to you. 

Wow.  Maybe the miracle here is that God does not give up on us.

Even with Abraham, once again he committed the same old sin, but yet God made it a point to tell Abimelech that Abraham was a prophet and Abraham would pray for the pagan king therein blessing him. 

Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don’t return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”

17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children. 18 For the Lord had caused all the women to be infertile because of what happened with Abraham’s wife, Sarah.

“Even though Abraham was in sin, he was still a prophet and man of powerful prayer. God’s mercy did not leave Abraham, even though Abraham didn’t trust God the way he should.”


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