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Lesson # Genesis 12:10-13
Study Material - Genesis 12:10-13
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10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, 'See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; 12 and it will come about when the Egyptians see you, that they will say,' This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.'
Sooner or later God will send a test. Something to try our faith, to see how much spiritual muscle we have in our soul. Most of us fail miserably. Some of us endure the hardships of our failure and recover to see another test. Few of us actually endure several tests to see victory at the end of our lives.
Here Abram is tested. He has Gods promise of an inheritance for his offspring. He has no children yet. So since God has promised, he can't possibly die, and especially from starvation. Matt. 19:29, lets us know that if we pursue Bible doctrine we will lose things that are near and dear to our hearts. We may lose things. We may lose family. But we will gain back much, much more in the end. Our loss will not really be a loss in the long run.
We also know that Abram did marry his half sister, Gen. 20:12. Sarai had the same father, but a different mother. This was probably a common practice in those days. So we can all probably consider ourselves less than pure in our ancestry. We already know that our biological origin is worthless dust, so there is no room for boasting as far as status in this life. Abram will use this little truth to deceive Pharaoh, rather than stand by his wife. She, up until now, has stood by him not thinking of herself. Now Abram will think only of himself, despite the promise God made to him.
Abram moved to a place where there was not much, in the Negev. Now the entire land is in a famine. Abram did not choose God for his answer to the problem of famine, but instead chose Egypt. There was plenty in that land, there is always greener grass on the other side of the fence, but we need to learn to lean on God and not on this world. Abram leaned on Egypt. Not only did he lean on Egypt, but he teaches us that Sarai was indeed a beautiful woman. One so beautiful that Pharaoh would take notice and want her for his own. Abram feared for his life and instructed those with him to go along with the deceit. And not tell Pharaoh that Sarai was his wife. So Abram let Pharaoh take her for Pharaoh's wife, and even accepted payment in return for the woman. What happened to the nobility of Abram? He sold his own wife to save his own neck. Just how did he figure on getting out of this situation?
He went to Egypt to 'sojourn' there, not to settle there, but the live there temporarily. Abram had no intention of staying there, but he had no plan. Let the famine blow over and them return to Canaan. But Pharaoh through a kink in the plan. Now Abram's wife was Pharaoh's wife. How does Abram have children when his wife is no longer his? God established the principle of marriage. God promised children to Abram, and not through his fooling around either, but in the legitimate way, with his own wife.
We often times make our own plans and they screw up our lives. We fail miserably, and the only way out is through Gods help. So God intervenes and hits the house of Pharaoh hard. Sex is prevented. Other calamities occur. Pharaoh has all this investigated and discovers the source of the problem - Abram's lie. So get rid of the lie, get rid of Abram, get rid of Sarai, and the problem goes away.
Pharaoh made the right decision and instructed his subordinates to escort Abram out of the land. Pharaoh had an opportunity to believe in God, but passed up on that opportunity. God represented nothing but trouble to Pharaoh. Just a believers who screw up their own lives cause the wrong opinions about Christianity in others, and so delay the correct decisions that others might make. If you are still wet behind the ears, immature, it is best to keep a low profile in life, until you have some spiritual muscle in your soul.
But for now Abram leads a life of deceit, an disengagement from reality. He did not trust in God. He did not have to leave the land, but he did. God is able to raise up bread from the rocks. The Israelites lived 40 years in the desert and never starved. And they had no agriculture!
Abram and those who were with him went along in the charade. No one else stood up against Abram to talk sense into him. So all were equally guilty in this lie. Abram moved based on a promise. Everyone followed based on that same promise. You and I have these promises for our lives too. Do we fall apart at the first sign of trouble? Do we run to Egypt where there is the easy life, where the grass is greener? Do we use trouble as an excuse for bailing out on our responsibilities, our commitments? Many lives, many marriages, many businesses, and the list goes on, fall apart and fail because the parties involved seek the easy way out, because the people are weak in doctrine, because they have no integrity, no honor.
At some point in our individual lives, our backs will be against the wall, with no conceivable way out. What will you do?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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