Genesis Chapter 12:
(1) Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
(2) And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
(3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(4) So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
(5) And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
(6) And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
(7) And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
(8) And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
(9) And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
(10) And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
(11) And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
(12) Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
(13) Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
(14) And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
(15) The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
(16) And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
(17) And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
(18) And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
(19) Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
(20) And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
Thought For This Chapter…
Unbelief in the midst of belief. Sounds like an impossibility doesn’t it? How can a person who is actively trusting the Lord find themselves relying upon their own devices to face a difficulty that comes their way?
Although this seems like an absolute impossibility, we see this very thing takes place in the life of Abraham in our text for today. In this historical account, we see Abraham taking a HUGE step of faith by packing up his family and belongings and setting out to a promised land sight unseen. This was true faith in the Lord and His promises.
And yet, in the midst of his travels, following the Lord’s will, Abraham runs across a great life choice that demanded his continuing faith in God. Sadly he failed. As he approached Egypt, we find Abraham looking to himself to direct his relationship with Sarah and the Pharoah of Egypt. Instead of trusting in the Lord and looking to Him for direction, he choose to rely upon his own wisdom and planning as he concocted a plan that resulted in His abuse of his wife and deception towards Pharoah.
Although Abraham obviously sinned and failed His Lord, we should not be too quick to condemn him. Keep in mind, we do the same type of thing every day. Although we have committed our lives to Christ as Lord and Savior and committed our lives to following Him, how many times do we fail to seek His will in making the daily life choices that we all face. How often in the midst of trials/temptations do we find ourselves planning and plotting a way out of the situation instead of looking to Him for the only Godly way of escape.
Remember our Lord has promised a way through these things if we only look to Him in faith and not rely upon our own fleshly means and methods of escape…
(13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
As Christians, who have trusted the Lord and seek to follow Him daily, may we all look to the Lord with the same heart desire and prayer as the boy’s father in Mark 9:24…
(24) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.