“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.”
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,