Genesis 20 – The Con
Remember that little con job Abraham pulled to get some supplies during a drought in Egypt back in Gen. 12? Well, guess what he pulls it again, now, on King Abimelech of Gerar.
Abraham comes into Gerar, makes everyone believe Sarah is his sister, the King takes her, and God gets mad at….THE KING!
‘Behold, though art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.’
God threatens Abimelech for doing something that is again clearly Abraham and Sarah’s fault. Abimelech says to god, ‘said he not unto me, she is my sister? and she, even she herself said, he is my brother,’
They were both in on the con to have a king take Sarah, have god get mad at the king, and make off with supplies.
In v9 Abimelech confronts Abraham and asks why he did it and says ‘thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.’
Abraham brings on a shocker in v12…..Sarah really is his sister! Well, sister-in-law at least, ‘the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother.’ And in v13 he says he told her to say she is his sister every where they go.
Another reference to polygamy, I think. They are close in age, its unlikely his mother passed away and his father found another wife and had kids, more likely he had two or more wives at the time.
Abimelech gives Abraham some of his herds, slaves, his wife, and 1000 pieces of silver to get them to leave his city. He tells Sarah that she shouldn’t listen to Abraham in everything he says.
Turns out that god had made everyone infertile for Abimelech unknowingly taking Sarah as his wife, but it makes it all better because Abraham prayed for god to heal them all. Its like the mob offering protection from the mob for “protection money.”
This is another story that is ridiculous. Abraham pulls a con, god threatens and harms the humans, and then when they become aware of the con and pay a fee they are healed. And in v18 the whole of the happenings are blamed on Sarah.