A quick note on the text today.
This story reminds us that simply because a person is a “pagan” does not mean they are less honorable than the “believer” in God.
Abraham shows dishonor once again to his wife Sarah,
Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”Genesis 20:11-13, NIV
But Abimelek seeks to restore Sarah’s reputation,
To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”Genesis 20:16
Abraham = I want to ask you to put yourself in a position of compromise for me.
Abimelek = I want to completely clear you from any blame or suspicion.
In verse 16, I also appreciated this subtle jab by the King, he tells Sarah, “I am giving your brother.” He doesn’t call Abraham her husband. Why? My guess is because Abimelek will not give the title of husband to Abraham when he has not earned such a respectful title.
Being a husband is to be earned.