January 28, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 20

Abraham is known as the man of faith  – the father of a nation. We remember him for his obedience to God in moving when God told him to and in being willing to offer up his son Isaac as an offering.  He’s one of the biggies – someone many of us hope to spend a few minutes with when we get to heaven.

Today we read about a different side of our hero – we see him lie and deceive due to fear.  This is the second time he did this (Genesis 12).  Let’s be clear, just because Abraham is a great man of God, that doesn’t make lying OK.  It’s still wrong.

Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.  

Leviticus 19:11

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.            

Proverbs 12:22

What causes us to lie?  Fear, desire to impress others, guilt.  There isn’t any such thing as a little white lie – all lies are wrong.  Remember a half of truth is a whole lie.

Questions to ponder on:

  • What are some ways you lie and don’t even think about it?
  • How are you subtly teaching your kids it’s OK to lie?
  • What do you need to adjust to honor God in this area?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “January 28, 2016”

  1. What’s amazing to be me is that even after he’s busted, Abraham keeps spinning it. “Well, yeah, but she is my sister…kinda… well I call her my sister at least.” Sometimes I think it’s the lies we tell ourselves that are the worst. Spinning the truth to soothe the conscience.

  2. Perhaps in heaven, we can discuss what Abraham learned from this dreadful moment…No injustice can be made passable with God, no, not by Caesar’s image stamped upon it. Note, the sins of kings often prove the plagues of kingdoms; rulers should therefore, for their people’s sake, dread sin. Every occasion of this passage (and Gen 12) makes me wonder why kings steal women?

    But then another thought occurs to me…two men hop into a pot of hot water and expect to come out not only unchanged but even better men because of it. Not so! One man a liar, the other man a thief. Only one man will find forgiveness in this story.

    I tend to imagine that Abraham, in verse 20, when he prays for Abimelech, had already somehow come to grips with the sinfulness of his ways, and perhaps even been witness to the integrity and submission of a king, who rose early the next day (v.20), to whom God issued a warning and a punishment. I cannot truly conclude that about Abraham and this encounter can I?

    But then, it is too late. The Counselor of my heart has already spoken…the model for my own prayer life is now under examination. I must prepare my heart for prayer.

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  3. Abraham didn’t learn the first time he lied about Sarah, so he makes the same mistake again, only to face a king’s wrath once again. How often do we do this too? Much better to learn the first time!

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