reported by BNP via the Genesis Review
Several of the world’s prominent religious authorities from the High Religious Counsel (commonly known as the HRC) have come together to express disapproval that Abraham Hebrew performed spiritual rites for the king of Gerar. They claim no layman has the training or connections with God to adequately pray for or counsel anyone, let alone a personage of such high standing. By attempting to perform in such a capacity, they say Mr. Hebrew will confuse many people about the proper attitude toward God and His leaders.
Abraham Hebrew says the whole affair was a personal matter and none of the counsel’s business. He and Abimelech, the king of Gerar, had had a misunderstanding, which led to the king innocently taking Mrs. Hebrew into custody.
No harm came to Mrs. Hebrew, who is widely recognized as being quite beautiful in spite of her advanced age. In fact, the king was very concerned that there not be any appearance of wrong doing. There were some rumors of the king having an intense dream the night before that caused him to question his previous decision and prompted him to ask Mr. Hebrew for guidance.
The HRC is particularly concerned about the money that exchanged hands. They contend that the 1,000 pieces of silver received should be donated to HRC accounts to further the good work of the organization, in the name of God. They cite historical precedent to prove HRC’s right to receive all money that people give to God.
They are not swayed by Mr. Hebrew’s claim that it was really a gift in his wife’s honor. King Abimelech has refused HRC’s request for an audience, sending only a short memo saying he has spoken with God and been blessed by His prophet, so has no need to see the counsel leaders.
(for further information see Genesis 20)