Genesis 12

Genesis 12 has God telling Abram “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you”.  Not a ton of clarity there at all.  Just go – and trust God’s direction.  That is how God often wants us to obey too.  He doesn’t necessarily give us all the detail – but just enough for us to take the next step.  God gives a promise to Abram as well.  “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing”.

So what happens.  Scripture tells us “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him”.  No real fanfare.  No long extended period to think it over.  God says go, and Abram does exactly that.  He goes.  He follows God’s direction and heads to the new land God has prepared for him.  Realize that he is 75 years old at this time, so not a spring chicken.  “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan”.

They take off – Abram and Sarai and Lot and their possessions and they come to a place called Shechem.  “Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, To your offspring I will give this land. So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him”.  Abram takes time to celebrate God’s blessing.  He builds an altar and gives thanks to God.  They continue on their journey as there was a famine in the land.  So they were going to Egypt to sojourn there.

Abram knew his wife was beautiful and that he may be killed to take her from him.  So he puts this plot together and tells Sarai to say that she was his sister, not his wife, in the event that they came to take her.  She did stand out to the princes of Pharaoh and they tell the big guy about her and had her taken to the palace.  Because of the story of being his sister, Abram and all their possessions were dealt with well.  But “the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife”.  Abram was using deceit but God just uses plain power.  Pharaoh confronts him and he admits that Sarai is his wife and they send him away.


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