Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jumping to Conclusions

1611 KJV. Genesis 20:1-11
"[1]And Abraham iourneyed from thence, toward the South-Countrey, and dwelled betweene Cadesh and Shur, and soiourned in Gerar.
[2]And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: And Abimelech King of Gerar sent, and tooke Sarah.
[3]But God came to Abimelech in a dreame by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken: for shee is a mans wife.
[4]But Abimelech had not come neere her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
[5]Said he not vnto me, She is my sister? and she, euen she herselfe said, Hee is my brother: in the integritie of my heart, and innocencie of my hands aqueously I done this.
[6]And God saide vnto him in a dreame, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integritie of thy heart: for I also withheld thee from sinning against mee, therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
[7]Now therefore restore the man his wife: for he is a Prophet, and he shal pray for thee, and thou shalt liue: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
[8]Therefore Abimelech rose earely in the morning, and called all his seruants, and told all these things in their eares: and the men were sore afraid.
[9]Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said vnto him, What hast thou done vnto vs? and what haue I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me, and on my kingdome a great sinne? thou hast done deeds vnto mee that ought not to be done.
[10]And Abimelech said vnto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
[11]And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the feare of God is not in this place: and they will slay mee for my wiues sake."

As I reread these words it struck me, the presumption that another person/group of people has no relationship with God places us in the role of judge and jury.
Before you judge another (on their relationship with God, intelligence, financial situation, etc) ask yourself this:
       How well does anyone really know you?
• how often/why you pray?
• $ in your accounts?
• that weird thing that happened in third grade?
• what's truly in your heart when you cry yourself to sleep at night?

How accurately can anyone judge you?

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