Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Abram’s deception and conspiracy because of his rejection of the promises of God.
Thursday, October 11, 2001
GEN 12:10 “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.”
Worry estimates circumstances from the perspective of one who faces the future without believing in a sovereign God who is also a loving Father.
Faith grows as it is tested.
GEN 12:11-13 “As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, This is his wife. Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Abram will learn it isn’t what the Egyptians see that counts; it’s what the Lord saw in eternity past and what He did about it.
GEN 26:8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. (KJV) GEN 26:8 “Now it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.” (NKJ) GEN 26:8 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac fondling Rebekah his wife. (RSV)
GEN 26:8 But sometime later, King Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out of a window and saw Isaac and Rebekah making love. (TLB)
GEN 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt;
ISA 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
Abram is willing to and is going to sacrifice all of those around him to protect himself.
All believers are two different people depending on their attitude toward the Word of God.
The beauty of Sarah, which Abram has enjoyed so much, has now become a source of misery.
Turn to 1PE 3:3-7
The weaker vessel does not mean she is weaker mentally, physically, or spiritually; it means she is the responder and you are responsible for filling up her vessel.
1CO 11:7 – the woman is the glory of man.
When a man invests nothing in his relationship or marriage, he can expect nothing in return.
Gen 12 – Abram has turned into a scheming, lying, cowardly, conspirator.
Abram is weak, and he is appealing to the strength of Sarai.
The weak in attacking the strong always appeal to the strength of the strong.
Sarai is in love with Abram and she will do anything in the world for him.
Abram uses Sarai’s love to save his own miserable hide and to be willing to sacrifice her to the sexual lust of another man, the Pharaoh.
Love is her strength and Abram appeals to her love.
Abram has permitted Egypt to eclipse God from his view, and Abram says “The Egyptians will murder me.”
All you have to do is believe what God says and don’t worry about what the world or Egypt has to say.
To trust God with your whole life and then not to trust Him with one circumstance is irrationality and inconsistency.
Matt 10:28-31 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So dont be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
“Please say,” = Qal imperative – amer = a command to to answer, to vouch, to declare, to report, to think, to promise.
She is his half-sister, but she is his whole wife.