[Read Genesis Chapter 20]
God’s promises are always true independent from our sinfulness. I have read this chapter many times before and wondered what the deal was with Abraham’s deception towards King Abimelek. Why was this prophet of God afraid? Why did God punish Abimelek, his wife, and all his female slaves on account of Abraham’s sin? Why did Abimelek need Abraham to pray for him in order to be restored? The answer lies in God’s faithfulness to his promise.
Chapter 12 of Genesis starts out this way:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abraham feared an earthly king. He feared the king for a moment more than he feared the Lord. This was sin. Yet, despite Abraham’s sin; God remains faithful to his promise. God promised Abraham that all the nations of the earth would be blessed through him. Even though Abraham seems to be at blame for lying to Abimelek; the fault lies at the foot of the one who was not covered under the convent promise. God’s promises remains true independent of Abraham’s sin.
If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. –2 Timothy 2:13
Abraham’s past, present and future sin was all covered because he believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. It is the same for us if we find ourselves this morning believing solely upon the person and work of Christ. He separates us from our sin as far as the east is from the west! Rejoice this day in unconditional election!