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Lesson # Genesis 12:14-20
Study Material - Genesis 12:14-20
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
14 And it came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 And Pharaoh's officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. 16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. 17 But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, 'What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 'Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.' 20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
Abram arrived in Egypt. He had heard the rumors of Pharaoh taking beautiful women, and he made plans to protect himself without regard for his wife Sarai. What could possibly happen to her in Pharaoh's palace? Right? So Abram rationalized his plan as the right path to take. He prejudged Pharaoh as a cut throat.
Surprisingly, Pharaoh paid Abram handsomely. Look ahead to the next chapter, verse 2, Abram came out of Egypt a very wealthy man, despite his poor decisions. Abram ran from the famine in the land and sought refuge in Egypt rather in God. His decisions ran into the dishonorable pimping of his wife to save his own skin, and the possibility of Pharaoh executing them all for the deceit. But God protected Sarai, who was not to have sex with anyone other than Abram. God protected Abram, in that Pharaoh, though a sinner and an unbeliever, had more honor than Abram, and Pharaoh did not execute Abram. Pharaoh had Abram and his group escorted out of Egypt.
But not just escorted out of Egypt, but escorted out unharmed and with all their accumulated wealth which Pharaoh had given them. So despite his spiritual failures, Abram was blessed and received the lesson that God has a plan. No matter what we do in our life, we cannot corrupt that plan. God does what is necessary to advance His plan. Here Pharaoh and his house was stricken with illnesses of sorts. Probably unusual illnesses too. This caused the investigation of what the cause might be. Abram and his wife were the links to the problems Pharaoh was having.
It is reasonable to assume that Pharaoh had the Abram group checked out, and interrogated. Thus the revelation of Sarai being Abram's wife came to light. Pharaoh questions Abram as to why he did this. Pharaoh probably further learned of the prophecy of Abram's God concerning his descendants inheritance, that he did not harm Abram or any of his party, despite the game they played on Pharaoh.
Going into Egypt Pharaoh had a reputation of fierceness, thus the plan of Abram, but Pharaoh did them no harm in the face of their discovered plot against Pharaoh. Pharaoh knew, and decided that it is better to get rid of these people. Pharaoh could have inquired further about God, but did not. His reasoning was that the problems would go away if these people and their God would go away.
Too often we get into trouble and blame God. By getting God out of our life, we reason that life will be easier, but that would be a false conclusion. Abram made mistakes and God blessed him inspite of those mistakes. He gave him, not a way to remain in Egypt, but a means of getting back into the promised land. We too make mistakes, and God blesses us in our lives despite those mistakes. God always gives us a means back to doctrine. All we need do is recognize it, and not get over confident with our prosperity, or luck of escape, and recognize that God gave us another chance. The next time might not be so gracious or lucky.
Sarai was a pawn in this charade, and God always protects the innocent. Well actually there are no innocents in life, but she was somewhat bound by the association of her husband. She actively took part in the plan and went to Pharaoh of her own volition. She might have been somewhat reluctant, but they did not drag her to him. Pharaoh took her for his wife. That process requires time and ceremony. This was not some girl picked up on the street for a couple of hours fun.
Abram and Sarai were graced out of a situation they got themselves into. It could have gone badly for them, but God intervenes in the plans of man and superimposes His better plans and works this mess out for them both. The plans of man, without Gods input, are destined to doom. Only God can work our messes out for the right ends, but we have to allow him to take charge of our lives. Abram did this. Once the order of Pharaoh came, no doubt, Abram breathed a sigh of relief, and went straight back to Bethel, where he should have been in the first place. We'll see this in the next chapter. Actually he goes to the sight between Bethel and Ai. Again in between doctrine and disaster. So Abraham still has something to learn.
We need to learn from our mistakes and get with our Bible study program. Learn how to study, and learn how to grow up spiritually. Then make the right decisions from the strength of doctrine in our souls, and not make decisions based on our worldly senses.
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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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