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Beware Of Strange Women
by Brian Price 8/21/2012

"1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

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.

4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine." - Genesis 20:1-7

We read here in Genesis chapter 20 of Abimelech, king of Gerar, in which he saw Abraham's wife, Sarah, and took her to himself, thinking she was not married. We see here that both Abraham and Sarah lied about their relationship, saying that they were only siblings, and not spouses. But the truth was eventually discovered, and God promptly warned Abimelech about his mistake, and said in verse 7, "Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine."

The good thing about it all is that Sarah was quickly restored to Abraham, and no harm was done. Verse 6 says that God kept Abimelech back from sinning against him. But we see that an awful circumstance almost occured that would have resulted in a large heartbreak for both Abraham and Sarah.

The Bible says, "23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts." - Proverbs 6:23-35

You see, in order for God to restrain us from sinning against him, we must hearken to his instructions contained in the word of God. Verse 23 in Proverbs says, "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life; To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman."

Psalms 17:4 says, "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer."

If we are going to be kept back from adulterous and sinful relationships, we must listen to the Bible.

Statistics from infidelityfacts.com show that in 2006, "[The] Percentage of marriages where one or both spouses admit to infidelity, either physical or emotional: 41%

[The] Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 57%

Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 54%

Percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co- worker: 36%

Percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity on business trips: 36%

Percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity (emotional or physical) with a brother-in-law or sister-in-law: 17%

Percentage of men who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 74%

Percentage of women who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 68%"

http://www.infidelityfacts.com/infidelity-statistics.html

We can safely conclude from most statistics studied, that infidelity is a serious issue among everybody, and it is one major topic that the Bible tells us to avoid quite often. And its no wonder, because God knows the damaging effects of sexual immorality. That is why it is talked about so much in the holy scriptures. Unfortunately, since so many people are guilty of these infractions, whether in the physical sense, or in the heart, this topic of sexual purity is seldom preached about from the pulpit.

Jesus said, "27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." - Matthew 5:27-30

Beware of strange women.

For Abimelech, the idea of having a new partner sounded exciting. Perhaps because of his position and authority, getting the girl of his dreams was not that hard. He perhaps thought that there was not a woman on earth who would turn down his advances. After all, he was the king. He was a man of great importance.

And yet in the end, his lust led to an intense standoff with God that came very close to ruining his career, and ultimately, his life.

In closing, I'd like to say, Friend, Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

The Bible says that, "34 ... Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." - John 8:34-36

Are you addicted to sin? Is sin controlling your life? Are you a slave to sin?

Did you know that Jesus is the only one who can set you free?

Jesus said if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Would you like to be set free?

Trust in him, and ask him to save you, and to set you free from sin. He loves you, and the Bible says that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Please take the time today to trust Jesus.

If You Died Today, Would You Go To Heaven?

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