And there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
What would you feel like if you were a guy dating a beautiful girl introduced to you by a friend, but your friend didn’t tell you she was married? This happened (sort of) in the book of Genesis where Abraham told a king that Sarah was his sister. Genesis 20:3 explains what happened. “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.’”
Abimelek wasn’t used to having God appear to him in dreams, so he took the message very seriously. He called Abraham in for a meeting and asked him why he would do such a thing.
Why would Abraham lie to the king? Did Abraham really lie? No. Sarah really was his sister because his dad was Sarah’s father with another mother.
The reason he told the king Sarah was his sister was because he was afraid they would find her irresistibly attractive and kill Abraham in order to have her. But instead of killing Abraham, the king listened to God in his dream and asked Abraham to pray for healing for his household. Sarah ended up with her husband, and the king's household was healed.
Come back next week for more about beautiful women. And find out about men who made mistakes because they didn't seek God first.