Genesis Lesson 8 Day 5

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Genesis 12:10-20

Abram Sarai went to Egypt because of a severe famine in Canaan.

11. Abram and Sarai in Egypt

When Abram saw people dying from hunger, he got concerned about the famine and feeding his family. That wasn’t a wrong response, but leaving Canaan where God sent him was wrong. (God did not say take your family to Egypt.)

Because of Sarai’s beauty, Abram asked her to go along with his plan to lie to the Egyptians saying they were brother and sister. (It was a half truth since she was his half sister, but they were husband and wife.) That plan protected him, but not Sarai. It also violated God’s plan to make a great nation of Abram.

Abram felt vulnerable. Instead of being strong in the Lord and trusting him to protect them, he put both of their lives on the line. Even though Abram forgot to trust God to keep his promise, God did not forget. He delivered Sarai from Pharoah.

Ideally Abram would say, “God promised me children, and I don’t have them yet; therefore, I know I am indestructible until God’s promise is fulfilled, because God’s promises are always true. God will protect me and my wife Sarai.”1

Because of Sarai’s beauty, Pharoah treated Abram well. 

But the Lord sent plagues on Pharaoh’s household because of her. A pagan Pharoah had to confront Abram.

Because of God’s divine protection of Abram and Sarai, we know that if he trusted God and told the truth, everything would have been all right.1

12. This is speaking to me big time.

“Abram, like most of us, found it easier to trust God in the far-off promises than in the right-now needs.”1

 Note to self: For the love of God, just trust him to do what he promised!

God takes more care of us than we take care of ourselves. Charles Spurgeon

13. And another thing . . .

When I’m being fearful and wimp out, I’m not helping anyone else either. Quite the opposite.

So I’m thinking things like, “I know God said to come here, and he has an important reason, but oh my God, someone I talked to 3 days ago now has COVID!!??!!”  

Pray and seek his face! 

I’m reminding myself to take each day as it comes and remember his promises about my family and us.

When I hear disappointing or disturbing news, thank God immediately for his promises. 

But God is in the business of growing Abram into a man of great faith, and this requires circumstances where Abram must trust God. “Faith is not a mushroom that grows overnight in damp soil; it is an oak tree that grows for a thousand years under the blast of the wind and rain” (Barnhouse).1

Lord, thank you for every trying circumstance. May each one produce a harvest of great faith!


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