Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie

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Disguises And Choosing Humility Over Pride – Lessons From Abraham’s Lie


Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife and he called her his sister to the Egyptians. 


Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” 

Genesis 12:10-13


Reading this particular story about Abraham led me to go back to the basics. It made me ask questions. Abraham lied and yet God didn’t punish him for it.


So, what is truth? Is there a difference between truth and sincerity? Is truth relative or an absolute? Can acting outwardly truthfully without meaning it inwardly be a disguise for pride? A way of boasting and saying. “This is me.” As one thumps their chest and screams false bravado?


Abraham knew his truth. But did the world (Egyptians) have to know it too?Was hiding his true self in humility better in this particular scenario? By the time Abram went to Egypt, God had already promised to make him great and the father of many nations. Abraham could have boasted in this knowledge. He could have told the Egyptians the truth knowing God would protect him. And yet he chose to be humble. He chose to hide himself.


This shielding himself in clothes of humility allowed him to live well in Egypt. And even after his lie had been discovered, he was sent packing with gifts.


I don’t don’t know the mind of God. I don’t know why he chooses to do certain things. But I’m starting to realize that the things of God are not always cut and dry. They are not always black and white as we see with human eyes. And this is teaching me to take a pause once in a while. To resist giving quick judgements. To ask questions and seek for answers. To learn and grow daily. Not to be rigid and proud but allowing for flexibility and humility. Because at the end of the day, God prefers humility to pride. Even if that humility maybe clothed in a seeming lie and pride clothed in seeming truth.


And at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people say about you. Or what label they attach to you. What matters more than anything is that whatever you do, you do it for Jesus. You do it to please him.
Don’t be a people pleaser. Be a God pleaser. Even if pleasing God means drinking a few wines and getting drunk in celebration of God saving you from the great flood like Noah while your self righteous friends (we all play this role at one time or another) think you have lost it.


Sometimes, a good act before men can be an evil act before God. There was a man (Uzzah) in the book of Samuel who tried to prevent the Ark of the Lord’s covenant from falling and the Lord struck him dead. Right there! At the spot! The man probably prided himself in his ability to save God and God thought otherwise. 


And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:6-7


I pray that Jesus gives us wisdom to be discerning of right from wrong in whatever we do. And above all I pray that he gives us the grace to discern instead of judging. To love more and stop hating.


John


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Sarah – Scandal To Salvation – Scandalous Women In The Bible

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Sarah – Scandal To Salvation – Scandalous Women In The Bible

Friend: “Hannah, why do Christians act so Holier than Thou? Like goody two shoes who never sin.”

Me: I don’t think that is a fair assessment of Christians. Most Christians are just flawed people who have found salvation from scandal. Sinners saved by the mercy and grace of God.

Friend: “Really?” Going by the way most Christians have become so judgemental and critical, that is hard to believe.”

Me: Let me tell you about some scandalous people in the Bible and how they were able to find salvation in the midst of their sins and scandal.

Today, we shall be speaking about Sarai who became Sarah in our series on Scandalous Women in the Bible and how their Scandal, Sin and Shame was turned to salvation and redemption by the Lord God almighty who is able to forgive sins and change destinies for the best.

I will put a spin on the write ups:

I will start off by writing how our media houses today might have sensationalized and told the stories of these women. After that, I will write on what the Bible actually tells us happened.

The Media Headlines of Modern Times Would Probably Carry:

  • Scientists are baffled and are trying to investigate how an elderly post menopausal woman could give birth to a healthy baby boy.
  • Sister and Brother get married sending worldwide shockwaves.
  • Wife given away to neighbors by her husband so he can get food and other favors.
  • Woman surprises her friends by encouraging her husband to sleep with her maid.
  • Woman anger’s and enrages feminists when she chooses to address her husband as, “My Lord.”

What the Bible Says:

1. God promised Sarah and her Husband Abraham a Son and that She would be the Mother of Nations.

15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”
17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”

Genesis 17:15-17

10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

Genesis 18:10-12

2. Sarah, doubted the promises God had made to her husband Abraham. Because of her doubt and fear, she asked her husband to sleep with Hagar so that he could get children by her.

So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram

Genesis 16:2-3

3. Sarah, was about to sleep with another man, Abimelech after Abraham claimed she was his sister. But God intervened and she did not sleep with Abimelech.

Now 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, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”

Genesis 20:2-5

4. Sarah, was Abraham’s Half Sister.

12 But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”

Genesis 20:12-13

5. Scandal to Salvation: God kept his promise to Sarah and Abraham. Sarah gave birth to Isaac.

And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.

Genesis 21:1-3

I pray this post encourages someone and let’s them know that God is faithful even when we are not faithful. God always keeps his promises.

I pray this post speaks to someone to let them know that whatever their sin, God can redeem and forgive them.

I pray this post inspires someone to let them know that whatever the scandal they find themselves in, whatever the world and everyone says about them, there is still Salvation. God is able to raise anyone from Scandal to Salvation.

The love of Jesus is so wide, so high, so deep there is no sin, no scandal, his love can’t make right.

The grace of Jesus is so immeasurable, there is no sin, no guilt, no shame, he can’t forgive and erase.

Hannah