Abraham and Abimelech
20 And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar. 2 Now 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, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”
As always in this lesson we learn why it important yo be justified by receiving the grace of God than, being self righteous. As we see Abraham was in the wrong to not tell is wife , but went over to Abimelech who said he did it in the integrity of his heart, and said he is the dead man; to add to the humiliation he had to as Abraham who was in the wrong to ask him to pray for him.
If you don’t think this story indicates receiving Grace by faith doesn’t makes righteous, I donno what will! In fact God call Abraham a prophet. We see later on not only he is humiliated but is tempted to sin by rebuking Abraham’s wife .
14 Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” 16 Then to Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; indeed this vindicates you[a] before all who are with you and before everybody.” Thus she was rebuked.
17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children; 18 for theLord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
Then on top of that, he asks mercy from Abraham to lift the curse of him and his household. That’s saying something how Abraham and Sarah’s were justified by Grace rather than the King Abimelech.
Not that’s amazing, remember to receive your share of grace by faith
Have a good day!!!