This is one of those chapters that sometimes i just don’t get. So God has been blessing Abraham everywhere he goes. God has watched over him, taken care of him, prospered him, protected him, etc., etc., etc., but Abraham still see the need to fear people’s response to him and the beauty of his wife (who is by the way, more than 100 years old at this point). He allows them to take his wife away… why? Because he doesn’t think that God can/will protect him? I mean come on Abraham!
I have to be careful about what i say and how i criticize Abraham in this situation. God treated him as if he had done the right thing, or at least as if he had not done the wrong thing. Just because i don’t understand it, doesn’t make it not true.
What i can say though, is that King Abimelech appears to be the righteous one. He takes Sarah, who he believes is unmarried, treats her well, doesn’t touch her, listens to God, returns her to Abraham, and gives Abraham gifts for himself and sacrifices to cover all sins. Because of Abimelech’s righteousness God protects and speaks to him. If he had not been righteous to start with, he would not have heard from God, and he would have been destroyed, he and his family.
Do we reside in the righteousness of God? In a situation like this would we have heard God calling out to us?