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Man Up to Your Past Mistakes

The passage below details the second time Abraham lied to a foreign leader, “saying his wife was his sister. The initial occasion, Genesis 12:9-13, is understandable as Abraham had just begun his faith journey with God. Rather than fully trust in God, Abraham reverted to his former way of living, relying on his own instincts. Unfortunately, the second occurrence is unacceptable, forcing Abraham to man up to his past sinful mistakes.

Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the [a]South country (the Negeb) and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur; and he lived temporarily in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah [into his harem]. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said, Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken [as your own], for she is a man’s wife. But Abimelech had not come near her, so he said, Lord, will you slay a people who are just and innocent? Did not the man tell me, She is my sister? And she herself said, He is my brother. In integrity of heart and innocency of hands I have done this. Then God said to him in the dream, Yes, I know you did this in the integrity of your heart, for it was I Who kept you back and spared you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not give you occasion to touch her, Genesis 20:1-6.

While reading this passage, I tried to get inside Abraham’s head. Why did he suddenly revert to his former way of life, one that excluded God? Beginning in Genesis 18, Abraham pleaded with God in prayer not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah due to his nephew Lot who was a resident. Reflecting upon the events of Genesis 19, Lot’s wife and servants were all killed, he’s living in a cave suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder and Lot’s so messed up his own daughters got him drunk to each bear his child. Logically speaking, Abraham decided, “what’s the point?” All these years of dedication and prayer have resulted in absolutely nothing.

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. 17 Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. 18 And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. 19 [My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God], 20 Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [[a]procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert], James 5:16-20.

Genesis 20 contains Abraham’s prodigal son story where he doesn’t fully return home until Genesis 22:13-14. The passage above was written by Jesus’ little brother. James doubted his big brother, joining the other Jewish religious leaders until Jesus rose from the dead Easter Sunday. James provides a prayer, encouraging first century Christians to man up to their past sinful mistakes. The only thing human beings can change in this world and themselves. Therefore, follow James advice today so that you too will finally rid yourself of any addictions, bad habits and unwholesome cravings, Colossians 3:5-9.

by Jay Mankus


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