Genesis 20:1
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1  Avraham journeyed from there to the region of the Negev and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he was sojourning in Gerar,

va-yi-SA mi-SHAM av-ra-HAM AR-tzah ha-NE-gev va-YAY-shev bayn ka-DAYSH u-VAYN SHUR va-YA-gor big-RAR

א  וַיִּסַּע מִשָּׁם אַבְרָהָם אַרְצָה הַנֶּגֶב וַיֵּשֶׁב בֵּין־קָדֵשׁ וּבֵין שׁוּר וַיָּגָר בִּגְרָר׃

 20:1   Avraham journeyed from there

Scripture does not provide any reason for Avraham’s travels. Consequently, Rabbi David Kimchi, a medieval commentator and grammarian known as the Radak, posits that Avraham travels in order to dwell in the different parts of the land that Hashem gave to him. By residing in various places, even for short periods of time, Avraham thereby adds his own effort to acquire the breadth and width of the land promised to him. In this way, Avraham is fulfilling God’s command “walk about the land” (Genesis 13:17). Saddened by the loss of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Avraham wonders if the destruction could have been prevented by his presence there. He resolves to reach further areas in Eretz Yisrael.

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  • It gives us great insight to see the one man whom Elohim " credited his FAITH as Righteousness " falter in faith by being untruthful, and having his wife be un- truthful. We can increase our own faith knowing this, knowing that ALL fall short of the Glory of God. It truly helps to know that when we falter, if we will confess God is faithful to forgive us of our sin, it's ONLY then that God can Forgive. Also we learn that Abraham's servants dug wells that were "taken" by Abimelech's army, that only after Abraham kept moving, digging well's until there was no dispute. Where Abraham took and separated 7 ewe lamb's as a witness between them, that Abraham had dug the well, wherefore that place was called Beersheba ( well of witness).

  • In moving south to Gerar, Abraham is living in Philistine territory. And again we see Abraham's Faith falter, in having Sarah lie. Sarah would be about 90 at this time, so she must've been very beautiful. In spite of Abraham faltering, God is faithful, and being with Abraham He plagues Abimelech once again, over Sarah. This faltering of Abraham is really a sin. God wants us to confess all of our sin's, it's only then that He can forgive us, and it show's that we have Faith enough to know His loving Mercy.

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Genesis 20:1

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