Genesis Chapter Twelve part 3, A study of Genesis 12:11 - 13, Genesis 12:14 - 16, Genesis 12:17, and Genesis 12:18 - 20 with our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Genesis 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.'" NIV translation

The sin keeps on growing as Abram now asks his wife to lie because he was afraid that the Egyptians would kill him to take his wife. In this we see that he trusted in his own clever actions and lies to preserve his life instead of trusting in the lord. The same type of thing can happen to us when we do not listen and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. We may take what seems like a minor turn and get off track and out of the will of God. If we do not listen to the prompting of the Spirit, this sin can grow and grow just as it did with Abram. Before we even realize it, we may find ourselves in a place that we do not want to be.

Genesis 12:14 - 16

"When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels." NIV translation

Things happened just the way Abram had predicted and he was able to gain many possessions. It seemed like everything was just fine but the sin keeps growing as he is ok with the fact that his wife was taken into the palace. The same type of thing can happen to us as we look around ourselves and confuse material possessions with being blessed and in the will of God. 

We must remember that the devil can use wealth and possessions to deceive us and make us think that everything is just fine.

Genesis 12:17

"But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai." NIV translation

Even though Abram may have been lacking in faith and in a place of disobedience, God still intervened on his behalf. This can bring us comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father may not be happy with our choices at times but He still claims us to be His children. Because we are His children, He will look out for us and protect us to accomplish His plans for our lives.

Genesis 12:18 - 20

"So Pharaoh summoned Abram. 'What have you done to me?' he said. 'Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 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!' Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had." NIV translation

Only God could have revealed to Pharaoh the truth and, when he was confronted with the truth, he did the right thing. Surely, Abram grew in his faith as he realized that God had intervened and the same thing happens as we see God at work in our daily lives. We also see that, even though he had been acting in disobedience, God increased his material possessions. There are those who think that God will not give things to His disobedient children and, as we see here, that is not always the case. There are also those who look at those who have been given much and automatically assume that they are worldly. We must accept the fact that God gives material things to whoever He wants and we cannot judge their relationship with Him based on what they have or have not been given.

Genesis Chapter Twelve Study Quiz

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