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Abram

Genesis 12:12-13 (NKJV)

12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.

Abraham

Genesis 20:2 (NKJV)

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

Abram and Abraham is the same person. Before the and after the name changed we though he lied. any proof? well, I got one.

 

Verily, Truly, Indeed : omnah

Genesis 20:12 (NKJV)

12 But Indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

Indeedomnah (אָמְנָה) in hebrew which means “verily, truly, indeed”

omnah is rarely a used word in the old testament. used only twice. first in genesis 20 and the other one is in Joshua

Joshua 7:19-21 (NKJV)

19 Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done:

Achan confessed the truth, He made it known not hiding it. Read until verse 21, you will know what He was hiding

The same word use to make know Achan’s lie can be found in Abraham’s words. Now we have a basis. Bible interpret bible. Abraham lied

 

Is Lying Sin?

Leviticus 19:11 (NKJV)

11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another

Was Abraham aware of this Law? No way! He even wasn’t alive then. how can he when he lived 430 years before the Law was given?

Romans 4:8 (NKJV)

8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.

but the thing is this. did God counted it sin towards Abraham? No way! God did not impute or accounted sin to Abraham! Note that this was before Jesus died for our sins. Abraham was righteous by faith. obviously not by works.

Today, we are righteous by the same faith. faith in Jesus. not only that, God punished and dealt with our sins already, yes, when Jesus shed blood, at the cross. God imputed or accounted all our sins to Jesus.

Romans 4:15 (NKJV)

15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

Here’s a though. Did Jesus died for Abraham? yes Jesus did. God did not account Abraham’s sin because of his Faith in the one – Jesus. but that does not mean Abraham did not sin.

look at that. If Abraham, who do not have yet the blood of Jesus was made righteous by faith, how much more You and I whom the blood of Jesus has made perfect? amen!

 

 

Ananias & Sapphira were they righteous? believers?

Acts 5:1-5 (NKJV)

1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. 2 And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.

Question : Are Ananias and Saphira believers? Are they righteous?

Abraham lied, yet He lived. You and I too have probably lied in the past.

Answer : Ananias and Sapphira were not believers. notice the word a certain man (tis anēr [greek]). It was used by the writer of acts to denote unbelievers. find a greek bible and see for yourself.

It’s not that unbelievers die when they lie. God protects His Church. Even today.

 

Let’s read back Achan’s account; make sure to keep in mind, this is before Jesus death. None were believers yet.

Joshua 7:19-25 (NKJV)

19 Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver under it. 23 And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

Achan dies. he was stoned to death. something similar with Ananias and Sapphira.

 

He didn’t lied. He Just didn’t tell the whole truth

 

 

check the verses on “a certain man”
1. Acts 3:2 And a certain man was being carried who was lame from birth. He was placed every day at the gate of the temple called “Beautiful,” so that he could ask for charitable gifts from those who were going into the temple courts. Acts 3:1-3 (in Context)
2. Acts 5:1 Now a certain man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, Acts 5:1-3 (in Context)
3. Acts 5:34 But a certain man stood up in the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law respected by all the people, and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. Acts 5:33-35 (in Context)
4. Acts 8:9 Now a certain man named Simon had been in the city practicing magic and astonishing the people of Samaria, saying he was someone great. Acts 8:8-10 (in Context)
5. Acts 9:33 And he found there a certain man named Aeneas who was paralyzed, who had been lying on a mat for eight years. Acts 9:32-34 (in Context)
6. Acts 10:1 Now there was a certain man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Cohort, Acts 10:1-3 (in Context)
7. Acts 13:6 And when they had crossed over the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, Acts 13:5-7 (in Context)
8. Acts 14:8 And in Lystra a certain man was sitting powerless in his feet, lame from birth, who had never walked. Acts 14:7-9 (in Context)
9. Acts 25:14 And while they were staying there many days, Festus laid out the case against Paul to the king, saying, “There is a certain man left behind by Felix as a prisoner, Acts 25:13-15 (in Context)

 

The author of Acts used the phrase “a certain man” to unbelievers. Except for #9 where the phrase was said by Festus.

Therefore God was protecting His church from scammers who wanted to scam the church.

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