Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: General Topics
Tonight we will compare the two times that Abraham told a ruler, “Sarah is my sister.”
Chapter: Genesis 12 Genesis 20
Preceded by: ______________ (12:10) Destruction of Sodom (Ch. 19)
Movement: From the South to Egypt (12:9) To the South, in Gerar (20:1)
“Problem:” Sarah’s beauty 12:11, 14 Sarah’s ______________?
Age: 65 (12:4) ______ (17:17)
Proposal: Say you’re my sister (12:13) States “she’s my sister” (20:2)
Motive: Fear for life (12:12-13) Fear for life (20:11)
Ruler: _______________ (12:15) Abimelech, King of Gerar (20:2)
Consequence: Sarah taken to ‘Harem’ (12:15) Sarah taken to ‘Harem’ (20:2)
Judgment: LORD plagued Pharaoh (12:17) Closed wombs, (20:18)
Abimelech has a dream at night: 20:3
You think God hates _____________________? You bet He does!
Consternation: Pharaoh to Abraham (12:18) Abimelech to God (20:4)
Result: Pharaoh sends away (12:19) God says “good answer” (20:6)
God does work to ___________________ sin
20:11 is a reinforcement of the idea of ________________ law, like the words of Romans 1 – they knew what sin was even though they had never read a Bible.
Man’s sinful tendency includes trying to justify the unjustifiable
20:13 indicates that there may have been even __________ places this happened
Abimelech himself is very careful to vindicate Sarah 20:14-16
Sometimes pagans act more _________________ then God’s people
Our sin affects everything _________________ us (20:17-18)
Now let’s spend a few minutes addressing this question:
Could this be an event from earlier in Abraham & Sarah’s life?
Near Eastern history often has “oh yeahs” to it: “let me go __________ and tell you another thing that happened.”
Sarah may have been beyond normal childbearing years, but still stunningly beautiful – like Sophia Loren, or like some of __________!
Sarah lived to 127 years old – the only women whose age at death is given! 23:1
The other best answer to this question is that the first time was more about her looks, and this second time was more about her _____________________.