Putting Our Trust in God-Genesis 12:10-20

Genesis 12:10-20 “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 she 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, menservants and maidservants, 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.”
Genesi 12:10-20 “Venne una carestia nel paese e Abramo scese in Egitto per soggiornarvi, perché la fame era grande nel paese. 11 Come stava per entrare in Egitto, disse a Sarai sua moglie: «Ecco, io so che tu sei una donna di bell’aspetto; 12 quando gli Egiziani ti vedranno, diranno: “È sua moglie”. Essi mi uccideranno, ma a te lasceranno la vita. 13 Di’ dunque che sei mia sorella, perché io sia trattato bene a motivo di te e la vita mi sia conservata per amor tuo». 14 Quando Abramo giunse in Egitto, gli Egiziani osservarono che la donna era molto bella. 15 I prìncipi del faraone la videro, ne fecero le lodi in presenza del faraone; e la donna fu condotta in casa del faraone. 16 Questi fece del bene ad Abramo per amore di lei e Abramo ebbe pecore, buoi, asini, servi, serve, asine e cammelli. 17 Ma il Signore colpì il faraone e la sua casa con grandi piaghe, a motivo di Sarai, moglie di Abramo. 18 Allora il faraone chiamò Abramo e disse: «Che cosa mi hai fatto? Perché non m’hai detto che era tua moglie? Perché hai detto: 19 “È mia sorella”? Così io l’ho presa per moglie. Ora eccoti tua moglie, prendila e vattene!» 20 E il faraone diede alla sua gente ordini relativi ad Abramo, ed essi fecero partire lui, sua moglie e tutto quello che egli possedeva.”
 
     This account in the life of Abram is quite a contrast from the earlier part of this chapter. Here is Abram, who had been given the promise of God to be the father of a great nation, but is now trying to work it out on his own. There is some important information concerning the culture of that time that we must consider. 1) Famines were somewhat common in the land and during times of famine, people moved. 2) In a sense, there was truth to what Abram said about Sarai because she was technically his half-sister. We find this out later in Genesis 20:12. 3) In enemy territory, a husband could be killed in order to obtain his wife; but in the case of someone’s sister, a price could be negotiated for marriage. Pharaoh lavished wealth upon Abram because he wanted to gain favor in order to obtain Sarai. Possibly all of Abram’s actions were based on these thoughts. But was he truly putting his trust in God’s promises? Not really.  
     Abram’s actions nearly cost him his life and subsequently the promises of God. But God stepped in and sent diseases upon the house of Pharaoh. Pharaohs were considered very superstitious and eventually the reason for the afflictions was traced back to Sarai’s presence in his household. In anger, Pharaoh literally kicked Abram, his family and all his acquired possessions out of Egypt. 
     Sometimes there is a temptation for us to try and deliver ourselves from the messes we create. But in every instance, the situations will only get more complicated and the solutions will become an exercise in failed efforts. Only God can deliver us when we make poor choices and doubt His faithfulness in times of testing.
Pray with me: Lord, I see how Abram’s first test at trusting in You resulted in failure. I thank You that You don’t give up on us after we have failed. Help me to not try and work things out in my own scheme but to trust You even when the situation seems desperate.


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