Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
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I have been reading in Genesis, I love Genesis- it explains so much about our World today, why things have happened and had to happen, it gives me hope, because they were often without hope!
Abram causes contradiction in me. He basically uses his wife, Sarai, to get him into influential places- because of her great beauty. I don’t understand why the Lord doesn’t show anger to Abram for his deception, and if He did, and it just isn’t recorded, it must not have been too bad, since it occurs again later in the text. Sarai is basically made wife to the Pharaoh, and then a plague comes, it doesn’t tell us, but at some point, God himself or someone else had to have communicated “why”, the plague was there, if not how would they have linked it back to Abram and Sarai, and after they found out, what protected them from Pharaoh’s hand? Pharaoh didn’t even make them leave their things, so they left with their lives and all of their possessions.
The text tells us that Sarai was indeed a beautiful woman even at 65- and seeing that Abram was at least 75 at this point in their life, Sarai would definitely have had children by him. As we know, she was unable to conceive at this point. This would have been a blessing, as Sarai conceiving a child at this point in her life-with Pharaoh, would have created a great conflict.
Little fact: when a woman is so valued for her external beauty, it is very difficult to continue being beautiful on the inside; because few acknowledge that part of her. Women can be unusual creatures, myself included. I am sure that there was quite a stir when this women, part of a growing Nation under Abram, who was so beautiful that she must have garnered her husbands attentions, could not produce for him an heir. Women would have probably stood in little clicks, and conversed, pointed and laughed at Sarai, and her inability to be both beautiful and a mother. Her value would have been wrapped in her ability to give her beloved husband a son. The Lord did bless Sarah and Abraham with a son, Isaac, but it was after great torment to them.
Have you ever prayed for anything over a week? Over a month? Over a year?
Try being told at 75 that you would be the Father of Nations, and waiting 25 years until that promise came to be. He didn’t start praying at 75- he would have been praying for this for years!!!! At least 50 years! Most men had children by their 30’s in the ancestors before him, he had to have wondered why he had to wait so long, but he never lost faith. That His God had made a promise was enough. Is that enough for you?
Is there a promise that the Lord has given you that you have lost sight of? Maybe something from years ago, a promise you think you disqualified yourself from receiving? He isn’t a God who takes away because He is disappointed in us, sometimes all it meant was that you re-align yourself with Him, to re-connect to Him, so that He can move and fulfill His promise.
If you have children you may relate this way- I have given my children my word, that we will go to the movies, or ice skating together, but there is a contingency for this promise, the word “if”, we see it often in the Bible after a promise, “if you… then I can”, He wants to do it! I want to take my children, in fact few things would give me greater joy, I don’t want to withhold the promise, but it is contingent on their obedience, or their efforts. He wants to fulfill the promise, that your family would follow Him, that you would be covered in His mercy and grace, that He will make you a leader among Nations, but You have to do your part, you have to seek His face, to pray, to humble yourself, to call out to Him in the night, to cry desperate tears over your sleeping children.
I will. If You.