And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today.” [Genesis 21:26 NKJV]
Dunadd (Scottish Gaelic Dùn Ad, 'fort on the [River] Add') is a hillfort dating from the Iron Age and early medieval period in Kilmichael Glassary in Argyll and Bute, Scotland and believed to be the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata. Dal Riata, as a kingdom, appeared in Argyll in the early centuries AD, after the Romans had abandoned Scotland. Rulers of Argyll were Gaelic speakers. Dunadd is a hill on which they built a citadel.
... or were you not listening?
Abraham's way of dealing with a potentially difficult situation with Abimelech, who had violently seized a well of water, was to make a covenant with him, and the place where this happened was named Beersheba (the well of the oath).
Abimelech was being devious and deceitful, deliberately not understanding Abraham's meaning, but the end result was that Abimelech returned to the land of the Philistines and Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called upon the name of The Lord, the Everlasting God.
Abraham took the path of peace and did not argue the case. Indeed he further blessed his enemy with the gift of seven lambs, and He did so because of His trust in what God told him. He remained faithful, having heard God speak, and praised the name of The Lord.
How often have we said to someone, "You never told me that!", or "I didn't know!" The legal maxim is Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and we must be so grateful that we have such a faithful and merciful God, who is no legalist, and blesses us so mightily.
But the real lesson is to hear from The Holy Spirit and follow Abraham's example and bless others even when they ill-use us. Abraham was the real winner from this exchange, for He stayed in the land of the Philistines many days, because He trusted a Faithful God.
'Faithful One' - sung by Robin Mark
OSWALD CHAMBERS - 'RUN TODAY'S RACE'
Saturday 2nd May 2020
Faith is not intelligent understanding.
Faith is a deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.