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The Righteous Abimelechs
There are several Abimelechs in the Bible. Possibly it is a title rather than a name or possibly it is like Henry, George and Edward are to British kings, because the Abimelechs were kings of the Philistines. The name means "My Father is King". We recognize "Abba" - father at the beginning and "Melech" means "King" in Arabic to this day.
We have, in Genesis the strange case of history repeating itself in incredible detail:
Both Abraham and Isaac went into Philistine territory to Gerar to escape a famine
Both of them encountered a king called Abimelech
Both of them passed off their wives as their sisters out of fear for their own safety (this was the second time Abraham had done this)
Both were found out after putting their own wives in a dangerous position
Both times, the Abimelechs showed themselves more righteous than Abraham or Isaac.
What is the application for us today? Probably, that we can take encouragement from the fact that even Abraham and Isaac occasionally lacked the necessary faith to trust totally in God and instead tried to engineer their safety by being "economical with the Truth".
We might also ask ourselves whether we are ever economical with the Truth, either in trying to justify ourselves with God or in our dealings with others?
Has our "Truth economy" deflected the blame away from us and allowed someone else to carry the can?
[Gen 20:9-10 NASB] 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done."
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