Fool Me Once

Genesis 26-30 – December 28, 2011 at 2:34pm

So…last night my Scripture reading was Genesis 26-30…as I was reading, I thought….I know all this….where is the enlightenment for me tonight Sometimes it takes a while!   I pondered last night and today on that passage of Scripture and as I was heading to my nail appointment, it hit me!  So here ya
go!  During king Abimelech’s reign, Abraham lied and said Sarah was his sister and not his wife so that they would treat him well in order to get Sarah. BTW…Sarah was actually his half-sister so it wasn’t a complete lie….then God came to Abimelech and told him he was a dead man because the woman he took was married.  Abimelech claimed innocence because he truly didn’t know and God came to Abimelech in a dream so that he wouldn’t sin against God.  God prevented Abimelech from sinning.  Then we read in chapter 26 of Genesis that Isaac, son of Abraham, lied to king Abimelech and said Rebekah was his sister and not his wife.   So….two things….a child repeating the sins of his father.   Then this morning I had the old adage of  “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” pop into my head as I was thinking about the passage I had been reading last night.   I think the lesson here can also be tied into the New Testament Scripture that tells us to be as wise as serpents but harmless as doves.  Abimelech wasn’t being wise.   In fact, he was being led by his flesh.   I would think I would have been more wary if the same circumstance happened twice.   Abimelech wasn’t using caution and wisdom.   Isn’t interesting that the adage the world uses to teach wisdom and caution is also found in Scripture?   That tells me He is everywhere!  Turn to His son Jesus and meet me in heaven!  Sleep well my friends.

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