A few words on sin and error from Genesis 20.
G-d said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in doing this, your heart has been pure; and I too have kept you from sinning against me. This is why I didn’t let you touch her.
Avimelech wanted to take Sarah as a concubine because of her beauty. We don’t know how many concubines he had but it does not seem as if Sarah would have been the first. We also can’t know if he would have tried to murder Abraham to take Sarah. We know that HaShem didn’t allow Avimelech to sin in this matter. Is it a negation of freewill that he was not given the opportunity to sin? I don’t think so. But for HaShem stopping him, he would have laid with Sarah, but we can’t know if he would have held back knowing she was a married woman. If she was silent or he didn’t believe her, he would have unintentionally sinned, not knowing she was spoken for. In that case, would that have been more of an error than a sin? If so, what is the difference?
Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.
May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.
This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.