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Day Five

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Genesis 20 (NIV 2011)

1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”
4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”
8 Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”
11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”
16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”
17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18 for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.

Genesis 21
1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Reflection:
As Abraham gives Sarah over for his benefit again, it is shown that this is not who he is called to be. Abraham was to love, bless, and give himself for Sarah and other people instead of using them for his own preservation.  We also see God’s fulfillment of His promise of an heir to Abraham and to Sarah. The child, Isaac, represents living in the calling, the promise, and the blessing to others, which God had spoken of over and over to Abraham when He called him. God brought them “laughter” and all who hear will join Sarah and share in the joy of what God can and does for His people.  We see a glimpse of the blessing to others already being fulfilled.

Response:
How many times in our experiences of living the called life can we recall when after much waiting and persistence that we are able to reap and receive the fruit born to us? Each of us has a testimony of getting to that point where the moments of doubt, insecurity and hopelessness have been redeemed and blown away by what God has done for us through Jesus Christ our Savior. How wonderful that by the power of our God through Christ that it IS true – we are blessed to be a blessing. In prayer, let’s come to the Lord again and rejoice, proclaiming our love for Him, and asking Him that we would live more and more as who we are – blessed to be a blessing!

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Day Two

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Abraham

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Day One

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