Part of the settlement that Abimelech paid Abraham, along with the return of Sarah, was that they could live anywhere they pleased on his land (Genesis 20:15). Abraham was growing richer and richer in livestock, silver, and gold as he did in Genesis 13. It would stand to reason that he accumulated more and more land and resources.
A promise blesses those involved with you
Also, it would not surprise me if Abimelech were receiving an overflow of blessings because of Abraham. There are many examples throughout the Bible of divine favor resting on those who supported God’s people. One example is 2 Samuel 6, when the ark of the Lord rested at the home of Obed-edom, the Gittite. The Lord blessed him and all of his household the entire time the ark remained on his property.
A promise requires integrity
Abimelech’s visit was twofold in purpose. First, he did not want to lose God’s favor that rested on his kingdom. Because of their history, Abimelech approached Abraham and demanded a promise that he would never deceive him or his descendants. In the past, Abraham’s deceit concerning Sarah almost cost Abimelech his life and his kingdom.
A promise requires loyalty
Secondly, Abimelech worked to ensure God’s blessings be continually endowed upon his kingdom in his lifetime and throughout his future generations. Abraham was welcomed to live on his land but, he demanded that Abraham remain faithful to him as king and landowner of Abraham’s property. In other words, even though Abraham became more and more powerful in riches, there would never be an uprising against the kingdom of Abimelech. Abraham agreed and sealed the promise with a payment of sheep, goats, and cattle.
A promise requires responsibility
Abraham acknowledged Abimelech as landowner and presented a complaint. The king’s servants came on the property and seized a well from Abraham’s employees. As an honest and fair landowner, Abimelech promised to take care of the situation. Abraham established that he dug that well by paying the cost of seven sheep. Abimelech acknowledged Abraham’s rights to the well and conceded ownership.
Everybody wants God’s blessings! Consider how Abraham gave a costly payment for each promise made. Promises always cost something precious. When making a promise, always consider the cost, especially in the way of character and commitment. One thing is always certain, the blessings of the promises of God far outweighs the cost.
Deuteronomy 7:12 NLT, “If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the LORD your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he promised with an oath to your ancestors.”
This blog concludes our series 'Promises'. We hope it was a blessing to you. Next week, we will begin the season of Advent. From December 3rd to December 22nd, we will post 3 blogs a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Our prayer is that these Advent blogs will help prepare our hearts for the beautiful celebration of Christmas.
Father, I want to live in Your blessings and I promise to do what is required of me. I will consider the cost of a promise kept. I will be faithful to you in all areas of my life, especially in the areas of character and commitment. I pray that Your blessings in my life overflows into the lives that are connected to me. Thank You for Your unfailing love. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I consider the cost of a promise kept.
I will be faithful to God in all areas of my life.
God's blessings on my life overflows into the lives that are connect to me.
Do a study on God's covenant of unfailing love.