Father Abraham’s Hall Pass

A movie came out this year called Hall Pass.

The name and commercials were all I needed.

Literally.

I saved my money and did not go.

It’s a flick about men given permission from their wives to be unfaithful to their wives.

Hard to believe right?

These dudes are foolish enough to think there’s such a thing as a real “pass.”

Crazy as it sounds, the idea is Biblical.

Watch what happens in Genesis 16 the first time a historical couple try this experiment.

Abram’s wife Sarai had borne him no children.
She had, however, an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar.
Sarai said to Abram:
“The LORD has kept me from bearing children.
Have intercourse, then, with my maid;
perhaps I shall have sons through her.”
Abram heeded Sarai’s request.
Thus, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan,
his wife Sarai took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian,
and gave her to her husband Abram to be his concubine.
He had intercourse with her, and she became pregnant.
When she became aware of her pregnancy,
she looked on her mistress with disdain.
So Sarai said to Abram:
“You are responsible for this outrage against me.
I myself gave my maid to your embrace;
but ever since she became aware of her pregnancy,
she has been looking on me with disdain.
May the LORD decide between you and me!”
Abram told Sarai: “Your maid is in your power.
Do to her whatever you please.”
Sarai then abused her so much that Hagar ran away from her.

The story speaks for itself.

Sarah’s (Sarai) moment of weakness, permitting her husband to have a concubine later became Abraham’s biggest problem.

The people sprung from Abraham and his family maid, the Arabs, have been pursuing the Jews, those later sprung from Sarah, since their conception.

Sexual sins and temptation always promises pleasure.

But sex, outside of God’s playbook, is an attempt at replacing His Joy, with earthly.

It’s our job as men and women of God to know that temporal feelings never last.

Poor moral decisions we make can dog us and our family for generations.

If you’re making them; stop!

It’s never too later to make a bad situation better by embracing Holiness.

Help us Lord to remember who we are and the complete Nature of Your promise to fulfill.

Let Your affection keep us whole.

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