Genesis 20 Commentary
Another of Abraham’s mess. Fearing for his life he pretends to be Sarah’s brother. Abimelek takes Sarah as his wife. The LORD moves in to protect both Abraham and Abimelek. Abimelek is kept from sexual sin against another man’s wife while silly Abraham is saved from his mess. This story is reported here though it appears this is an earlier story, long before Abraham was a powerful community leader, with king status.
God’s care of Abraham is plain for us to see. There are two important lines for us. When our intentions are pure, the Lord does protect us from sin. When you have an ambition to stay holy, the LORD moves in to ensure that it happens. Intentions are important to the LORD. Secondly even during this time of loose sexual morals Abimelek seem to be aware of godly standards. These are high standards.
And listen to Abraham’s explanation for his mess…. Shocking. But we all understand.