Genesis 12 - (Part 2)
Here, halfway through this chapter, is where the story gets kind of crazy. Abram and his entourage went to Egypt in search of food because there was a severe famine. When he was about to enter into Egypt he got a bit freaked out because his wife, Sarai, was apparently quite the looker. He was worried that the Egyptian men would want her for themselves and kill Abram to get her. So, he asked his wife to lie and say she was his sister so that he would not be killed, and the Egyptian men would treat him well for the sake of Sarai being his sister. What in the world?! This is like watching a telenovela! •
First of all, as a wife, I would not have taken this request well from my husband! Haha! Second of all, why on earth would Abram do this, especially right after this amazing covenant and promise that God made with him? You know what I think might have happened? I think maybe Abram, faced with a potentially dangerous situation, lost faith in God’s ability to fully protect him. He decided to help God along. In short, he took his eyes off of how powerful, and capable his God is, and let debilitating fear creep into his mind. •
I am so guilty of doing this too! I can be knee deep in doing something truly good and even serving God, and suddenly realize that on a conscious, or unconscious level, I am trying to do it in my own strength instead of relying on God for the courage, wisdom, and power I need.
So, then Sarai told the Egyptians that she was Abram’s sister, and Pharoh took a liking to her and took her to be one of his wives. Because Pharoh believed that Abram was her brother, he gave Abram plentiful gifts of livestock, servants, and camels. • But, in a twist to this story, verses 17-19 say, “But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife. So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 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.” •
This ending is just proof that we can blunder our part woefully, but God’s mission and will is still accomplished!