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Isaac and Rebekah, Genesis 21:8-24
Isaac is the best part of today's reading, but I want to briefly touch
on Abraham's treaty with Abimiech. This is the same guy Abraham
deceived one chapter back by lying about his marital relationship with
Sarah. Abraham has become a prosperous man and must have acquired
enough wealth, servants, and land to be deemed worthy of a treaty with
a king. Abimilech says to Abraham, "swear to me in God's name that you
will never deceive me, my children, or my descendants..." It is no
surprise that he would need such reassurance from Abraham given their
history. What was noted in one of my books, was the obvious damage that
was done to his witness. In Abimilech's eyes, as well as the eyes of
the Egyptian Pharoah who had had a similar encounter with Abraham, this
"man of God" was a liar. Who knows how that may have impacted the
opportunity for these two people groups to trust in the one true God.
When we bear the name of Christ, our behavior and character becomes
either an attraction or a detraction for those who may be seeking Him.
We have to wear it well and endeavor not to give God the "black eye"
that Abraham did. Even with his failings, Abraham becomes a mighty man
of faith, as God seems pleased to use even the most broken of servants
when their hearts are malleable. Mini-devotional...on to apologetics!
About Melissa Gibbs:
Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD. He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries. Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family. Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches. Much of her energy is now focused on a huge festival planned for mid May in celebration of Taylor's victory over leukemia and in effort to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. If you'd like to check out what she's up to while not blogging, go to www.finishlinefestival.com.
Visit Melissa at http://chronologicalbiblein2010.blogspot.com/.
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