By the special grace of God, in this ninth episode, we shall be talking about Abimelech, King of Gerar. After God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorra, Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country and sojourned in Gerar (Genesis 20:1). Abraham had already entered into an agreement with his wife, Sarah, that at every place they shall entered, she should say he was her brother (Genesis 20:13). So when they arrived at Gerar, they simply carried out their plan and Abraham told Abimelech that she was his sister, and Abimelech took her in (Genesis 20:2).
The Dream – God Warns Abimelech
After Abimelech took her in God came to him in a dream and in Geneis 20:3-7, the following conversations between God and Abimelech ensued:
“But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.”
Please note that Gerar wasn’t classified as a city that had the fear of God, so Abimelech wasn’t necessarily a believer, yet, God still came to him in a dream and had a conversation with him based on what had ensued in the physical. This is just to prove to you again that having dreams is not a function of how holy you are, dreams are God’s feedback mechanism to mankind. So we saw what ensued above between God and Abimelech in the dream, now let’s see the outcome.
Apparently, Abimelech understood the potency and mechanism of dreams, and was fully conscious of what had just transpired between him and God Himself in his dream. In Genesis 20:8-11, we would see Abimelech’s reaction towards the dream:
“Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.”
After Abimelech had confronted Abraham, he immediately acted upon the dream and took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and women servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife (Genesis 20:14).
Because Abimelech adhered to the dream, God held up his own end of the bargain as we would see in Genesis 20:17-18 below,
“So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.”
So in the dream, God revealed to Abimelech that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, and not just his sister. He would have innocently married Sarah and slept with her, but you can see the power, potency and importance of dreams as God’s feedback mechanism. Apart from the fact that God withheld him from sinning, he still wouldn’t have known that she was another man’s wife, so God spoke and conversed with him in the dream. When he woke up, he confronted Abraham with confidence and it was true.
In the last two episodes, I talked about “My Wife Not To Be” and “My Wife Never To Be”. You might think this thing is a joke, but it isn’t funny at all, it is a really serious matter. If God didn’t warn me through the dream, I wouldn’t have even known that I was headed for doom in both cases. We have seen the same thing happening with Abimelech above.
Don’t joke with your dreams.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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