Transquotation: Genesis 20:2-3; 20:14-17

24 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” (Genesis 20:2-3)

Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.” Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. (Genesis 20:14-17)


We sinned against God, and God became angry at us. Saying, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the things you have done.”

Then we prayed for forgiveness, and Christ interceded before God on our behalf. Then God healed us of our sin.

Explanation of the transquote:

I’ll be the first to admit this is a bad comparison: Jesus was never the cause of the sin as Abraham was. Not to mention that we never gave anything to Christ to make Him forgive us; it’s not possible to bribe God, He already owns everything. And while we’re at it, I’d just like to mention we didn’t ‘sin in innocence’ as Abimelech. None the less, you can still see a similarity:

We sinned against God; as everyone has. And of course, after someone sins, the consequence for what they’ve done ‘kicks in’. In other words, they now must die, as death is the penalty for sin. But when God became angry at us, we realized our need for a savior and asked for forgiveness. And so Christ (Abraham) interceded/intercedes for us.

Now, this (transquoting in general) can easily seem to be ‘talking into the Bible’ and making it say whatever I want. This not the case! Paul Himself did this exact thing to illustrate a point of His:

This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:8)

When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious–that you, O LORD God, might dwell there. (Psalm 68:18)

All of the Bible points to Christ in some way or another. And so long as the transquote lines up with a passage in the New Testament which teaches the same thing and is valid in context, it can be considered a valid transquote. — While I’m on the subject, let me just say that transquoting I don’t consider anything which I transquote to be an addition to the Bible. Rather, it’s just something I use to help me find the Gospel in every passage which I read. Now then:

New Testament confirmation:

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. (Hebrews 9:24)

Context confirmation:

Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.” So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. (Genesis 20:7-8)

Abimelech and his servants were became aware that they needed someone to stand before them and God here. It’s the same situation for us, we first must know that we actually need someone to save us before we’ll run to Christ. Therefore, this supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between Abimelech and us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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