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Beware sin has consequences. Hebrews 13:4~Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (NIV) This means marriage partners are to remain faithful and monogamous as long as they both live. It had to be the fear of God that Abimelech didn’t prescribe the beatdown Abe’s deserving of. Adding insult, Abe adjudicates himself by continuing down the slippery slope of sin, saying in Genesis 20:12~she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. (ESV) Abe rationalizes his sin and says he just didn’t tell the whole truth. Listen, a half-truth presented as the whole truth is a whole lie. Abe is lying by omission and Solomon shares God’s position on this in Proverbs 12:22~The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (NIV)

Abe isn’t proving to be trusting or trustworthy. I believe that two things break down the home and society more than any other, they are sexual immorality and lying. The Lord hates these two sins because they bring so much hurt and harm to people He loves. To Abe’s credit, he does finally admit to drawing Sarah into his deception, when leaving his father’s house in Ur, though still pointing a finger at God. Genesis 20:13~And when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother. (ESV) This agreement was made between Abe and Sarah when they first left Ur and were truly spiritually immature. 

However, it’s 30 years later and they’re still struggling, God has proved Himself time and again to Abe and Sarah. They hold absolutely no excuse for this half-truth lie and sin. Their sin is compounded because it’s a premeditated reaction, which could even result in Sarah having sex with another man. Still to show there are no hard feelings, to honor the prophet of God, and because of Abe’s disgraceful but honest confession, Abimelech gives gifts to Abe of sheep, cattle, servants and a bag of silver, along with the unfettered access to the land to live where he chooses. 

With all his imperfections, the bottom line is, Abe confessed his sin with great shame. The Bible shares if we conceal our sins we’ll not prosper (Proverbs 28:13~Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (ESV)). However, when we confess our sins we can rely on God’s great promise to forgive. Genesis 20:17~Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. (ESV) Much fruit born to glorify God. God never ignores sin, and He may use an Abimelech to expose and rebuke. 

Our Takeaway: Share your whole life with God. We’ve all made some pretty poor choices, but God still loves us and He wants to be involved and engaged in our daily lives. Wise people learn from mistakes, those they make and those of others. Learn from Abe and avoid the weight of Sin: by identifying weaknesses, registering the hurts of others, and beware of the consequences. Has the Lord revealed an area in your life today that needs some attention?

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