Bible Study Lessons — Genesis 12:10-20
Every action we take has consequences. The old saying goes;
“Oh, what a dreadful web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
In this Old Testament reading the saying rings true.
When Abram goes to Egypt, he deceives the Pharaoh about the status of his wife Sarai; Egypt paid the consequences as we will learn from Genesis.
Read the story of faith and fear.
Abram and the Big Lie to Pharaoh
It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.
Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” – Genesis 12:11-13 NASB
Abram ( Abraham ) and the Consequence of Sarai
Tests of Faith
There was one main reason Abram went to Egypt – Food! The famine was going strong in his homeland but there was enough to eat in Egypt.
The famine was a test of Abram’s faith and this was yet another obstacle in his path to following God.
Keeping Our Faith During Tough Times
We sometimes encounter these same difficulties when we choose to follow God. When this happens, let’s think of the hardship as a test to see if we are really worthy to be a disciple.
Of course we can’t earn our way into heaven but we do need faith during the difficult times. If we keep the faith, God will guide us through.
The Grip of Fear and Uncertainty
Now, back to Sarai. She was a strikingly beautiful woman and Abram knew that the Pharaoh would want her for his harem.
So, Abram made the choice of getting Sarai to lie for him to keep him from being killed for the spoils of his wife and his fortune.
Yes, this was an act of fear but, what would we do in this situation?
Circumstance, Motivations and Actions
The lesson from this Old Testament reading is not so much about deception but about the loss of faith. How quickly it can fade – given the right circumstances.
As great as Abram’s faith was in taking his first journey into Egypt, it transferred quickly to fear when the odds were against him.
Acting out of desperation, instead of faith – Abram lied, and coaxed Sarai to lie also.
This is not a condemnation of Abram but does show his human characteristics.
When Fear Strikes
Many times, we too act out of fear instead of faith. It’s a normal human response to danger.
The next time you feel that the world is coming down on you and your last hope has just slipped away, talk to God – have just a little bit of faith (mustard seed faith), and God will work it out – in His Time and in His way.
God has no fear and will lead you. He furnishes power through the Holy Spirit if you only trust Him.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about how to accept the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 and get the information.
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