Monday, June 28th, 2010
"Keep living" (Genesis 20:7)
Because Jehovah examines the heart, he has shown consideration even toward unbelievers. Consider his dealings with Abimelech, king of the Philistine city of Gerar. Abimelech, not realizing that Abraham and Sarah were married, took Sarah to become his own wife. However, before Abimelech could go any further, Jehovah said to him in a dream: "I too have known that in the honesty of your heart you have done this, and I was also holding you back from sinning against me. That is why I did not allow you to touch her. But now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will make supplication for you. So keep living." (Genesis 20:1-7) Jehovah could have dealt harshly with Abimelech, a worshipper of false deities. But God saw that the man acted honestly on this occasion. So, Jehovah told the king how to gain forgiveness and "keep living." Is that not the kind of God that you want to worship?
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 1:4, 5)