(24) IT IS WRONG TO DECEIVE BY ONLY REVEALING PART OF THE TRUTH.

24. IT IS WRONG TO DECEIVE BY ONLY REVEALING PART OF THE TRUTH.
Genesis 20:10-13 – “Then Abimelech said to Abraham, ‘What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?’ And Abraham said, ‘Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife. 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. And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, “This is your kindness that you should do for me; in every place, wherever we go, say of me, ‘He is my brother.'”‘”
While it is technically true that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister, it is much more significant that she was also his wife! Had Abimelech known she was married, he would not have taken her into his house with the intentions that he obviously had. Abraham was wrong to tell only half the truth in an effort to deceive. This is not to say that every situation in life requires us to tell every single bit of truth we know about a particular matter, but we should never only reveal portions of the truth (while leaving other parts out) with the intent to mislead. Such is wrong. In Abraham’s case, it revealed a lack of complete trust in God and it reveals the same (or worse) in us today.

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