9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
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. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
There’s no way around this, Abram was a complete jerk.
Sure, God anointed him as the father of all nations, but you have to call them the way you see them.
Abram certainly didn’t win Husband of the Century award by saving his own skin at the expense of his wife’s.
It was not God’s intention for Abram to do this. He just got scared and took his eyes off of God.
As with anything in life, we can often learn more from the mistakes of others than their successes. This falls under How Not to Treat Your Wife – 101 class.
Here are some things we can learn from this situation.
- Men (and women) of God sin.
- Abram, though the father of all nations, was not perfect.
- A half-truth is still a lie.
- Trusting God means trusting Him when you don’t see a way out.