Thou Art But A Dead Man!

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Genesis 20:3, "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."

Abraham out of desperation and crave for wealth had betrayed his wife, declaring her had his sister in the new town they just to into, Gerar. 

Because his wife Sarah was so beautiful, she was desired by the king himself, Abimelech who took her to his apartment, with the aim of sleeping with her, but he had not "touched" her before this happened!

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Good for him that he hadn't touched her!

There are two points I want to make here

  1. The dangers of sleeping with another man's wife
  2. Don't ever be in a rush to sleep with any woman
Now, lets take a closer look at my explanation for these two points stated above.

Point 1: In the view of God He didn't care that Abraham had lied about his status with his wife, Sarah, he revealed to Abimelech in his dream that, "Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken- for she is a man's wife"

God didn't say he was a dead man because he took Abraham's wife, because Abraham is his beloved! No, he said Abimelech was a dead man because he had taken another man's wife.

Be careful you men who cannot take your eyes off the bosom of women, especially those of you who specializes in other people's wives. You might just be digging your own graves with your own hands. For thou art but a dead man! That's what God said to the king.

Point 2: Now look at this, for you men who are quick to sleep with a woman, no due diligence, no observation, no questions, no background check, wham! like flies you are so fast to jump in bed with her. You may not even know that she's married and you sleep with her and carry curses on your head. You may not die physically, you may just die spiritually and perhaps death in all that pertains to you, it could be your health, your career and may even be your finances.

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Even some women that are not married already have curses on them that sleeping with them can transmit to you, not to talk of a married woman, which naturally attract a curse to man who sleeps with her that is not married to her.

Some men are always in a rush to have sex, not caring the repercussions of their actions, some are specialties in married women; some even boast about their passion for sleeping with married women, that's their area of specialty.  

Now look at this! That was the saving grace for this man- Abimelech (Genesis 20:4), But Abimelech had not come near her and he said, Lord, wilt thou also slay a righteous nation?

He knows he had sinned already by brining a married woman into his bedroom, even though he not not slept with her, but he definitely had the intention to. But his worry now is that God would also punish everyone in that household for his own sin, which, don't forget he committed innocently. 

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So be careful the kind of sin you commit under your roof, it can spread to your entire family. Okay, you can say, what if I do it in a hotel, never mind, wherever you committed it, you are not shield, there is nowhere that God's eyes doesn't see.

So watch it! When you commit some kind of sins, it may go a long way, it may not just affect only you but could go as far as an entire generation, you will now be the cause of sorrow for innocent people who didn't know what you did in your secrecy.

Abimelech was truly innocent, he didn't know Sarah was anyone's wife. I'm sure if he had known, she might have been appealing to him, he took her believing she was Abraham's sister.

But that wasn't what saved him. What saved him was the fact that he hadn't touched her. 

So men who rush to have sex, you can't hold yourself, you just want to enter inside, you don't know that you are entering into your own grave. This is a message for you, you might just be one responsible for creating your own destruction.

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God told Abimelech in Genesis 20:6 that he knows the integrity of his heart and had because of this prevented him from having sex with Sarah to prevent him from sinning. Because if he had done, the story would have been different.

But in spite not touching her, God instructed Abimelech in verse 7 to restore Sarah to Abraham and to seek Abraham to pray for him so that he would not die. God's pronouncement for him was already death; the only way he can be saved is by praying for forgiveness through Abraham(husband) himself. How shameful and disgraceful that can be, to face a man to ask him to pray for you and forgive you for sleeping with his wife, I'm sure many men would prefer to die than do this.

Sadly, that's the only way to be saved after sleeping with a married woman, going to her husband to plead for forgiveness and make sure that he prays for you too.

How many married women have you slept with? Ten, twenty? Then you have a lot of men to visit, or else, you are but a dead man! 

I know some adulterous men of this generation will argue that we are in a new world and new times and that was during Abraham's time. Well, let me assure you, the word of God never changes, 1 Peter 1:25, "But the word of the Lord endures forever"

So, believe all you want to, but God does not change. Sleep with a married woman and you are dead, it can be physically, it can be spiritually and it can be in your career and maybe even your finances and can become a family curse.

Abimelech was truly a good man who cared about the word of God and about his own life and that of entire household and kingdom. He called everyone and told them what God revealed to him about the woman he took, he also met with Abraham and had a "man to man" discussion with him. He questioned Abraham why he made him commit such a heinous sin (remember he didn't touch the woman), but because he knows he had intentions to, he pleaded with Abraham who I Can call the real culprit here, because he lied about his status, calling his wife his own sister (Read Genesis 20:11-13 for full explanation of Abraham to Abimelech why he lied).

Now, to appease Abraham for a sin he hadn't committed, see what Abimelech did, (Genesis 20:14-15), And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen and men servants, and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. That's more than a dowry, right?

The price of sleeping with another man's wife is quite expensive, isn't it?

Hear what Abimelech also said to Sarah for playing along with Abraham in this deceit, Genesis 20:16, behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of shelter: behold he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

So he also reprimanded her for participating in this.

Yes, that was absolutely correct. Just for a moment imagined if Abimelech had slept with Sarah, the whole story of Abraham we have today would not have been, because Sarah is also part of the Abrahamic story, we wouldn't have had Isaac and Jacob and all the rest and perhaps not even Jesus. Because of adultery!

Be very careful what you do with your life, see what a simple mistake would have caused the entire world, just because of sex! But thank God for his mercies that he prevented this from happening. 

Look at the final punishment and doom that would have happened to Abimelech and his household, his children and generation if he had not been forgiven by Abraham.

Genesis 20:17-18, Abraham prayed unto God and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they have children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Are you still wondering the cause of your problems? You are still wondering why the problems in your family? Did you have sex with a married woman? Search yourself and seek deliverance fast! Sleeping with a married woman is dangerous and has grievous repercussions. 

Be careful!

God bless you.

City Pastor

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