Abram’s Journey

Genesis 12 (Too much going on today.  Will do more tomorrow.)

God wanted Abram to leave his father’s house and all the people he knew and set out for a land God would show him.  God would make Abram into a great nation and he would bless Abram.  So at the age of 75, he, his wife, Sarai and nephew Lot set out for Haran, then Canaan.  He traveled through the land as far as the great tree of Moreh at Shechem.  At that time, the Canaanites were there.

The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.  Then, he went toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east.  Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.  As he was about to enter Egypt, he told Sarai to act as his sister, not his wife, because of her beauty.  If they knew he was her husband, they’d kill him for sure and let her live.  When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace to be his wife.  He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired much.  But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 

So Pharaoh confronted Abram, pretty much telling him that he was wrong to say she was his sister rather than his wife and, in turn, have his household cursed.  He told her to take his wife and go!  Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

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Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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