We’ve been looking at Genesis 20:6-8. Abimelech took Sarai to be his wife because Abram told the king she was his sister. Let’s listen in to the New Century translation:
Then God said to Abimelech in the dream, “Yes, I know you did not realize what you were doing. So I did not allow you to sin against me and touch her. Give Abraham his wife back. He is a prophet. He will pray for you, and you will not die. But if you do not give Sarah back, you and all your family will surely die.”
So early the next morning, Abimelech called all his officers and told them everything that had happened in the dream. They were very afraid.
Notice here that God spoke to Abimelech in a dream. Abimelech was not part of the covenant, because at that point the covenant was only with Abram. God demonstrated His mercy and spoke to him in dream to prevent him from sinning.
Did God give other people outside of the covenant prophetic dreams? We’ll take a look in upcoming posts.