Sister wife

19 sister wife

From Mamre Oaks, Abraham set out toward the Negev. He and his wife settled in Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur. Since they were new to the area, Abraham feared for his life. Just as he did in Egypt, he told everyone, “Sarah’s my sister.”

Abimelech, King of Gerar, brought Sarah into his household to take as a wife, but God visited him in a dream.

“You’re going to die,” God said, “because Sarah is married already.”

Abimelech had not yet taken Sarah into his bed. Nevertheless, God had shut up the wombs of every female in Abimelech’s house. He reasoned with God, saying, “Master, will you punish the innocent? Both Abraham and Sarah lied to me. I had no idea they were married.”

“I know you’re innocent,” God answered in the dream, “and I alone prevented you from sin. Return Sarah to Abraham, because he’s a prophet. He’ll pray for you, and you’ll live. Otherwise, you and your family will all die.”

Abimelech got up early the next morning, and having not slept well, he brought his servants in for a meeting. Telling them about the vision, everyone was afraid for their lives. Then the king called Abraham and said, “What did I do to be treated so cruelly? You’ve sullied me and my domain. What were you thinking?”

Abraham confessed that he didn’t trust a kingdom who didn’t fear God. “Besides,” he added, “she actually is my half-sister. Sarah and I share the same father. When God called me out of our father’s house, we agreed that she would play the role of sister any time we settled in a new place.”

Abimelech brought Sarah back, along with sheep, oxen, slaves of both sexes, and a thousand silver pieces. He handed them all over to Abraham. He said, “Survey my land and settle wherever you like.” Then he turned to Sarah and said, “I have paid your brother with silver as a sign of your vindication.”

Abraham prayed to God, and as promised, Abimelech and his household were healed. The king’s wife and female slaves could bear children again.

Inspiration: Genesis 20

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Due to a food shortage from drought, Abram decided to live in the fertile land of Egypt for awhile. As they entered the city, Abram pulled Sarai aside and said, “It’s no secret that you’re stunningly beautiful, and when the Egyptians see you, they’ll kill me to get to you.” Then Abram suggested, “Tell them I’m your brother. They’ll be all too happy to keep me alive on your account.”

As Abram predicted, everyone admired Sarai’s beauty. Egyptian officers described her features to Pharaoh, and soon Sarai found herself standing before the very god of Egypt in his own court.

Sarai became the newest installment in the royal harem, and Pharaoh treated Abram like a brother, with great hospitality and respect.

Abram acquired sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels, and slaves from Pharaoh. On the other hand, Pharaoh’s family acquired nothing but a contagious illness. Putting two and two together, Pharaoh became wise to the deception.

“What’s going on?” Pharaoh asked Abram. “Why’d you lie about Sarai being your wife? Thankfully, I never laid a hand on her. Get her out of here so your God will clear the air!”

Pharaoh’s officers escorted Abram and Sarai out of Egypt along with all the gifts he had acquired.

Inspiration: Genesis 12