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Warming at the Enemy’s Fire – Abraham

Yesterday I posted about Lot enjoying the pleasures and safety of living in the city while being grieved at heart by the sin and soon falling into sin himself. Today let’s look at Abraham.

We find that Abraham enjoyed the benefits of the enemy at least twice by going down to Egypt during a famine and once going to Gerar. But in the process of enjoying the food for his family and household even Abraham fell into sin by lying about his relationship to his wife.

Genesis 12:10-13
10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.
11 When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance,
12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live.
13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.”
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Genesis 20:1-2
1 From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Not only did Abraham lie about his relationship to Sarah in both cases, he also placed his wife at risk since she was placed in the Pharaoh’s or the King’s harem.

While the Lord still protected Sarah despite her husband’s sin, could not the same Lord have just as easily kept Abraham from being killed as he feared?

Or could not the Lord have fed Abraham?

I mean really, the promises God had given Abraham had not yet been fulfilled so surely the Lord would do what He said.

We see the reason Abraham gave for lying was because he knew he was in the midst of the enemy.

Genesis 20:11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. ESV

Abraham knew he was “warming with the enemy” just as Peter did (Luke 22:54-62). The enemy didn’t sneek up on them, but both Abraham and Peter, just as Lot, went to the enemy to enjoy the “warmth” (benefits). Yet all three soon found themselves in sin.



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Warming at The Enemy’s Fire – Lot

When contemplating how we might today be Warming At The Enemy’s Fire, I was having trouble thinking this out very well. (May have something to do with spending the past couple of days listening to orchestra rehearsals all day.)

At first the only thought I had was Lottery Funding. Some states use the income from lotteries to fund scholarships for qualified students. Is this not “warming ourselves at the enemy’s fire”? Especially when we consider those who buy lottery tickets are often those who can least afford it.


But this doesn’t affect me. I don’t buy lottery tickets nor do I use lottery funds to send my children to college. But surely I cannot just say well I’m not guilty of ever “warming at the enemy’s fire”?

So I decided to see who else in Scripture was guilty. It wasn’t hard at all to find several examples.

Lot

Lot choose the well watered plains with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he separated from Abraham.

Genesis 13:5-13

5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
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See that in verse 12 Lot was just pitching his tent near Sodom, yet by Genesis 19:1 Lot is living in the city and sitting in the gate.

Genesis 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. ESV

Lot was “warming himself” by enjoying the protection and benefits of the city despite being grieved by the sin of the city. We of course know of the troubles Lot was soon to find himself in.

2 Peter 2:7-8
7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
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Notice who tells us of Lot being grieved by the sin of the city.

None other than Peter!

You think Peter understood being in the wrong place, warming himself with the enemy, and falling into sin?



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Warming At The Enemy’s Fire?

Last night while reading a passage of Scripture in our Bible study class my attention was drawn to the following verse:

Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. ESV

This verse just really caught my attention. It is from a very familiar passage in Luke about Peter’s denial.

Luke 22:54-62
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”
57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”
59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”
62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
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Peter did the following:

  • Followed at a distance. (There will be problems when you distance yourself from Christ.)
  • Warmed at the enemy’s fire.
  • Denied Christ three times.
  • Wept bitterly.

You could spend days discussing each of these things that Peter did and how one led to another.

But my specific attention was drawn to the warming at the enemy’s fire.

What does that look like to us today?

How do we as New Testament believers warm ourselves at the enemy’s fire and cause us to fall into sin?


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