Genesis 20:1–7 (ESV)
Abraham and Abimelech
there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent
and took Sarah. 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4 Now
Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? 5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity
of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against
me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and
all who are yours.”
In today’s reading, we see that Abraham falls short, just like all mankind.
He sets out and comes to Gerar. He is concerned for his life because his wife is beautiful and people might kill him to take Sarah. So Abraham puts his trust in himself and not God. He lies to Abimelech by telling him that Sarah is his sister.
So when he thinks his life is in jeopardy, he lies. I think we can all honestly sympathize to his sin.
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust in you, and
lean not on our own understandings. Amen.