The second division of Genesis now begins. The story begins with God speaking to Abraham
(Abram) and telling him to leave his family and homeland and go to a land that he had never
seen before. God tells Abraham that he would bless him and make of him a great nation.
He also promises that Abraham would be a blessing to others in this place and that God would
bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. In other words, Abraham
could be sure that God would stay near him and watch out for his best interests.
Genesis 12:10 "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."
Notice there is nothing said here about God telling Abraham to go into
Egypt. God promised Abraham in verses 1 & 2 that if he would go to the land God showed him He
would bless him and make his name great. God may have allowed this famine in order to test
Abraham's faith. If this is the case, Abraham failed the test! It is so hard to wait on God
sometimes, and so easy to do things on our own without asking Him for advice. We want to
"fix" things ourselves. Abraham knew that nearby Egypt did not have to depend on rain for
their crops. Egypt was watered by the Nile River. So he packed up and went to a safer
environment where the food was plentiful. Once there, he found himself in a predicament. His
wife was very beautiful and he was afraid some of the men of Egypt would want her and kill him
to have her. So he asked her to tell everyone that she was his sister. This was not actually
a lie because even though she was his wife, she was also his half sister; the daughter of his
father but not his mother. (Gen. 20:12)
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