Genesis 12 (ESV)
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb. 10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land . . . Continue Reading
I Will . . .
At the start of Genesis 12, there are many “I will” promises from God to Abram:
“I will” – show you (the land where you are to go): Genesis 12:1
“I will” – make of you a great nation: Genesis 12:2
“I will” – bless you and make your name great: Genesis 12:2
Why? “so that you will be a blessing”: Genesis 12:2
“I will” – bless those who bless you: Genesis 12:3
“I will” – curse him who dishonor you: Genesis 12:3
The result? “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” Genesis 12:3
When God says, “I will”, that’s a promise you can count on. When God blesses you, you’re blessed. But when God curses you . . .
What is Abram’s response? “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him” (Genesis 12:4). He obeyed. He listened. He followed God and did what God told him.
Then in Genesis 12:7, we have another “I will” promise:
“I will” – give your offspring this land (the land of Canaan).
Abram built an altar to the Lord where God appeared to him (Genesis 12:7). As he continued to Bethel, he built another altar to the Lord and called upon His name (Genesis 12:8).
There was a severe famine and when Abram was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” 14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels (Genesis 12:11-16)
How gross is this? “Say you are my sister that it may go well with me because of you? That my life may be spared for your sake?”
Abram’s twisted plan and deception revolved around himself. Pharaoh dealt well with Abram as he takes his wife “sister” into his house (Genesis 12:16).
But then God steps in and afflicts Pharaoh and his house with a great plague and sends Abram away with his wife and all the he had (including what Pharaoh gave him). Talk about putting yourself in the crosshairs after you give someone a gun.
I’m glad Genesis 12 is over. I’m going to go kiss my beautiful wife on the forehead while she sleeps and pray that God stops any twisted plans that might seem like a good idea to me in the moment. I can assure you, this won’t be one of them!
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,