Genesis 20 — Sarah in the household of Abimelech

Abraham, again, creates a mess by “fibbing” in claiming that his half-sister and wife Sarah is just his sister. Again the royalty that claims Sarah for suffers a judgment for doing so. Why does God call such a seemingly short-sighted man like Abraham a prophet?

Thought questions

What are the similarities between Genesis 12 and Genesis 20? What are the differences? Why did Abraham use the same “half-truth” twice? Why did Sarah keep silence?

Where does this story take place (Gen. 14:7)? What is the meaning of the name En-mishpat (Strong’s Hebrew lexicon No. 5880)? What judgment occurred here? 

What does the name Abimelech mean (Strong’s 40)? 

Why was Abraham wandering? What was he looking for?

What conversation transpired between Abimelech and God? Why did Abimelech ask God “Lord, will You slay a nation, even though blameless?” (Gen. 20:4) when the error was Abimelech’s personal error not of the entire nation he represented? What did God say about Abimelech’s character?

What does God call Abraham (Gen. 20:7)? What is a prophet (Strong’s 5030, navi)? What was the original role of a prophet? Who else in the Torah was a prophet? What does a prophet say? Who does the prophet represent and speak on behalf of? How does a person become a prophet (Num. 11:25-29)?

Did Abimelech know who God was? How did Abraham explain his introduction to Abimelech?

Who is more important, prophet or king?

Why did Abimelech need healing? Why did Abimelech’s wife and maidservants need healing?

Reader: Hector Marroquin. Speaker: Richard Agee.


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