Keep away from Gerar-1

Genesis 20:1 “And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.”
Genesis 20:2 “And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She [is] my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.”
I was studying this passage for bible study in church and just can’t seem to get these two scriptures off my mind so I decided to dig deeper and was glad I did.
Here Abraham we were told dwelled between Kadesh and Shur but sojourned in Gérar.
To dwell means to live and reside in a place. To abide and remain in a place.
To sojourn means to be a stranger in a place, to temporarily reside or stay in a place within a time frame or to lodge briefly in a place.
Putting all these together it means Abraham was permanently residing between Kadesh and Shur but from time to time temporarily pay visits to Gerar.
Now to the main gist, the Hebrew word Kadesh means “holy” while Shur means “wall”. So, Abraham living between Kadesh and Shur simply means he was permanently dwelling withing a Holy fenced wall or place! His residence was holy and secure. He lived in a place of righteousness.
A place of safety where God’s protection abide. Abraham was staying in a place where God’s protection was sure over him. He was holy and dwells in safety.
But, there was a major challenge, Abraham was always sneaking out of this holy fenced place to Gerar. Where is Gerar?
The Hebrew word Gerar means “a lodging place”, “to chew the cud” and “to drag away”!
I am sure you’re adding it up now. Abraham was always sneaking out to a temporary lodging place, a place that drags him away from holiness. Abraham like some animals was chewing the cud albeit occasionally.
Friend, Abraham was like a dog that always returns to his vomit from time to time!
To be continued…
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