Abraham, his wife, sister and the promised protection of God. Genesis 12:2-3

“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive. Say, I pray you, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done unto me? why did you not tell me that she was thy wife? Why did you say, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.”  Genesis 12:2-3

It has become fashionable for people to read this passage and conclude that Abraham planned a lie concerning his marriage to Sarah. Yes, Sarah was his wife and his half sister.  Genesis 20:12 Yet, those who are trying to “convict” Abraham of dishonesty, because of their own purpose to make Abraham guilty, miss the point. The point here is NOT Abraham. It is God and His promise to Abraham.

In this famine, Abraham was trusting God by venturing into Egypt. Most people today have no idea what famine means. Abraham was a man, not just responsible for his wife, but his herdsmen and their families and livestock.

Abraham was correct in his assumption regarding what other men would think of his wife. Abraham’s decision, which was not a lie, was a decision that was in keeping with faith as God had said, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Genesis 12:2-3

Abraham was looking forward, in faith that God would protect his wife and honor His promise to him. You and I have been given many great and precious promises also. What will you do in response to your “famines”. Will you have to go places that you would rather not go? How will you provide for your family and still trust in God’s promises?

Abraham was looking to the future and did not even know how far into the future he was looking. You and I in trusting in God’s promises are actually looking a lot farther than this life.

Looking into eternity,

Bill

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From here to eternity

So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from the place unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
Genesis 12:4-9 KJV

The promise of God to Abraham is what everything that salvation in Christ is based upon. Many people point to the 10 Commandments. But, this promise is the basis of salvation in Christ and not the Law which came 430 years later. God said, “Unto your seed”.  Much later, the Apostle Paul spoke of this when speaking of how God uses faith in the seed of Abraham to justify people and not works.  “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ. Galatians 3:16 (KJV)

Take time and read for yourself how God spoke a very long time ago about the salvation that He offers today. This salvation is not because you obey a Law, but because you believe in the SEED of Abraham – Jesus Christ! Read Galatians 3 and look into your eternity.

Looking into eternity,

Bill

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Go somewhere now! I will tell you when you get there! Genesis 11

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and thou shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.” Genesis 12:1-5

Faith is one of the most misunderstood and argued issue in the world. Abraham, who is called Abram at this point, illustrates what it means to have faith. “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him;”

First of all, faith begins outside of one’s self. It starts with someone else giving instructions. In Abram’s case, God told him to leave his country and all relatives.

Secondly, the instruction was not completely revealed. He was to go “unto a land that I will show you”.

With this incomplete vision, Abram “believed’. We know he believed, because he took off on this journey without seeing the end.

The basic promise of his belief was a broad-spectrum blessing. Abram would be blessed and anyone who blessed Abram would be blessed. Also, anyone who cursed him would be cursed.

Even though, God did not command Abram to take people with him, he did anyway. This is the beauty of faith. You can extend your faith as one spreads a tent. If anyone is willing to follow in faith as did those who went with Abram, they to would be in the place of Abram’s blessing.  It is not that other would simply be blessed because they knew him or that he could simply bless them with his blessing. The point is that people recognized Abram’s faith and it helped them believe in the same manner that Abram did. They went with him.

If a person today says that they have faith in Christ, then they will do as Jesus did. There is much more to say about this, but this is enough for today.

Does God have any instruction for you in His Word? If you say you believe, you will prove it by doing it.

Looking into eternity,

Bill

 

 

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Early Generations Genesis 11:10-32

In chapter 11 of Genesis we see a laundry list of names of people who were born after the flood. We are not told exactly when Job lived and we do not know exactly how long it was between the flood and Abraham. But, here is the point. Even though people were multiplying on the Earth, there was only one who stood out and that was Abram, who later was called Abraham.

When were you born? Where were you born? What are your circumstances? What is you ancestry like?

These issues are immaterial for God to call you. The main point is has God called you? In the follow thoughts we will begin to look at Abraham and Sarah. It is my hope that these illustrations of God aka the life of Abraham will give you encouragement as you walk with the Spirit of God. If you are not yet a follower of Jesus, I hope that the things that Abraham went through will serve as a identifying point in your life where you can see just exactly how God responds to people who express faith in Him.

Looking into eternity,

Bill

 

 

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Job 38 Brace yourself to face the Lord’s questions. Part 2

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me”.

So, how wise are your words? Do you ever carry on a conversation when no one else is present? Do you ever hold court and pretend to be the prosecutor or the defense lawyer when a problem flares up with other people? Do you think that your perspective in life is better than another person’s based upon your merit? Do you ever think that God is unjust with events on this Earth?

The following is a list of questions for you to answer. Quite honestly, you and I would have been finished in this exchange after just the first question. But, the wisdom of the Lord is to completely undo a man so that he might be built back perfectly. So, hold your place in this life and see the living God. The place where you are right now standing or sitting:

Consider your greatest problem now. What complaint would you bring before the throne of Heaven? Then, after you have answered this question, read the Lord’s response. After reading this, ask yourself if you think that the God of creation is not aware of your problem.

The Lord asks:

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.

Who has laid the measures thereof, if thou know? Or, who has stretched the line upon it?

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or, who laid the corner stone thereof?”

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brakes forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shall thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Have you commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?
Have the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? Declare if you know it all.
Where is the way where light dwells? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?
Do you know it, because you were then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or have you seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; to cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; to satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?
Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?
Can you lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
Canst you send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto you, Here we are?

Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the heart?

Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, when the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
Will you hunt the prey for the lion? Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

The answers for the problems of the Earth is not to be found here….

Looking into eternity,

Bill

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