Abram in Egypt
10 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.
11 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 thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
16 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.
17 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou, 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.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Abram traveled to Egypt because there was a famine in the land. Like all strangers, he must have been unsure of his welcome. He worried that the Egyptians would kill him because they would want his beautiful wife…so he told Sarai to say she was his sister. ( I am thinking here that Abram must have forgotten God’s promise to him to bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. Rather than relying on God to keep him safe in Egypt, Abram used a human solution.)
Abram’s ruse worked. Because his “sister” was so beautiful, Pharaoh took her into his own house and supplied livestock and servants to her “brother’s” household.
The Lord didn’t forget Abram however. He brought diseases on the household of Pharaoh because of Sarai. Pharaoh learned the cause of his ill fortune was that the woman he had in his household was Abram’s wife. To rid his household of the sickness, Pharaoh gave Sarai back to Abram and sent them both out of Egypt, but he allowed Abram to keep all the goods he had acquired while there.
It seems to me that Abram failed in faith but the Lord kept his promise to him and intervened to get him back his destined path.
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