Identity

Do you know your own weaknesses? As believers, we need to Identify Areas of Weakness (Genesis 20:1-2). After the angelic onslaught of a once vibrant sin-filled community called Sodom has been laid waste, Abe takes his leave from the towering trees of Mamre (Genesis 18:1) and travels southerly Genesis 20:1~From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. (ESV) A powerful king joins the scene Abimelech, and Abe again fears losing his wife, Sarah. It causes Abe to repeat a sin. Do I have any repeat offenders? Anyone bound by the three strikes rule? You may remember a time when in life there was a famine, and you moved without God’s approval, trying to help the Lord, you knew He was busy, only to find one’s self knee deep in some deep…, well you get the picture. This is Genesis 12:12-13~and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake. (ESV)

So, Abimelech sends for Sarah and takes her Genesis 20:2~And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. (ESV) Grasp that this post-menopausal hottie, i.e. Sarah 90 years plus some days has drawn the eye of Abimelech whose desire is certainly more than a mere look see. How in the world could Abe do this again, especially after God had just told him about this time next year, you’ll have a son. Genesis 18:10~The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. (ESV) Part of the answer is found in our propensity, a natural inclination towards. Yes, we all have certain sins to which we’re especially susceptible. Hebrews 12:1~Surrounded then as we are by these serried ranks of witnesses, let us strip off everything that hinders (εὐπερίστατος euperistatos) us, as well as the sin which dogs our feet, and let us run the race that we have to run with patience, (JBP)


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