DCLM DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONALFOR APRIL 25, 2023 (DIVINE JUDGMENT AGAINST SIN)
TOPIC : DIVINE JUDGMENT AGAINST SIN
Text: Genesis 20:1-18 (KJV)
And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
2 And 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, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
KEY VERSE: “For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.” – (Genesis 20:18)
The late Southern Baptist evangelist, R.G. Lee, had a message he often preached entitled “Pay-day some-day”. The thrust of the message was that you may live a life of sin and appear to be getting away with it but judgment is sure to come, whether in this life or in eternity.
In our text, there is a new dimension to God’s judgment for erring sinners. Even when sin is committed ignorantly, there is need to make amends immediately one comes under conviction. Failure to repent attracts the judgment of God. Abimelech, king of Gerar took Sarah, Abraham’s wife when it was thought she was Abraham’s sister.
However, in a dream, God demanded that she be returned to her husband. Abimelech justified his actions based on the apparent lie Abraham and Sarah had told him; which now turned out to have been done out of the fear he had of losing his life over his beautiful wife. By this time, God had already sealed up the wombs of all the women in Abimelech’s household as part of the initial judgment for his actions.
Abraham and Sarah were then summoned by Abimelech and the truth of their actions was revealed. Abimelech reproved them and restored Sarah to Abraham with a handsome compensation.
On the surface, it appears Abimelech dealt in innocence, but God still found some grounds to condemn his actions. This was the second time Sarah was being taken and restored by a king. Generally, kings used their authority to deny the rights of the innocent. Abimelech’s enquiries and investigation appeared not detailed enough in his desire to have Sarah.
We may justify our actions a thousand times, but God who knows the hearts of men knows whether we are guilty or not. In any case, when we come to realise our sins, it is required of us to repent and make amends.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is no significant for sin; only justification by faith in Christ.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Romans 13-16
Daily Manna is the daily devotional of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry (DCLM) written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi. It is an extraction of God’s Word designed to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis through an insightful exposition and analysis of God’s Word.