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Summary: Abraham must receive reconciliation with his neighbors.

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• Mistakes happen to everyone.

• In 1980 a book intitled “The Book of Blunders” was published.

• Here are three examples of the blunders this book recorded.

• When a drum major tossed his baton in Ventura, California, it hit two 4000-volt power lines, blacking out a ten-block area and putting a radio station off the air. The baton melted.

• A bank robber in Los Angeles told the clerk not to give him cash, but to deposit the money to his checking account.

• On his first assignment for a Chicago newspaper, a rookie reporter drove a company car to a car-crushing plant, parked in the wrong spot, and returned from interviewing the manager just in time to see the vehicle being compacted into scrap metal.

• Have you noticed that it is easier it is to say, “I made a mistake” than it is to say, “I have sinned”?

• Here is a chorus of a song that may be the next new praise song in the modern, seeker-friendly, feel good Church:

• I thought I was mistaken, but I was wrong.

• I once stood corrected, but not for very long.

• Mark my errors as corrected, ‘cause that how they belong.

• I those I was mistaken, but I was wrong.

• The Study of Abraham continues. We don’t expect perfection from him, but we do expect growth.

• Remember, the Bible never said his performance was perfect, that that he believed God, and that was counted as righteousness.

• However, the more we walk with God, over time, the better our lives should be.

Gen 20:1-2 From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

• If you remember, Egypt is always considered a symbol of sin.

• When Abraham went to Egypt earlier, he told this same lie, or deception.

• Now he heads south, for whatever reason we don’t know.

• When Abraham moved towards Bethel, he met with God.

• When he moved south, it represents moving away from God’s presence.

• We know God is not associated with any physical property, for He is everywhere.

• But the spiritual lesson is that we need to continually dwell in His presence.

• When we spiritually wander into lukewarmness, we ask for trouble.

• Temptation will come no matter where we are

• But the first major point I want you to grasp is this: being in the wrong place gives temptation more power to overcome us than when we are in the right place.

• Abraham was in the wrong spot, and this made temptation to do wrong stronger than it should have been.

• Funny, Sarah is 89 years old. She must have been quite a looker.

Gen 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife."

• Here we see God protecting Sarah, even though her husband had failed her.


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