Genesis Chapter 12 (Review)

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  1. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:

God already spoke to Abram (meaning Father) ‘leave your family, your house and all that you have and when you take the step and leave, I’ll tell you where to go.

  1. and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And when you do this, I will make you a great nation, I will bless you, make your name great and you will be a blessing.

  1. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Those who bless you will be blessed and those who curse you will be cursed and every family in the world shall be blessed by you/every family on earth shall call you blessed.

  1. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
  2. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Now Abram listened and departed and took Sarai, Lot and the people he had amassed, and they headed to Canaan.

  1. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
  2. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

Then God appeared unto Abram and told him (when he was in Canaan), ‘I will give your seed this land’ and on that very point where the Lord appeared to him, he built an altar,

  1. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.

He them moved from there and climbed the hills to pitch his tent, and he called on the name of the Lord.

  1. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
  2. 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.

Because of famine in Canaan, Abram headed to Egypt with Sarai and Lot as well.

  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

As they were about entering Egypt, Abram told Sarai that he knows she is a very beautiful woman and for that very reason, if they know that she is his wife, the Egyptians will kill him and take her. He must have known it to be the practice of the Egyptians. Then he beckoned on her to say that she is but his sister, so that he may live.

  1. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

And just as Abram had said, on entering Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was beautiful

  1. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

And the sons of pharaoh saw her and told their father and he took her in.

  1. 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.

Now because of her, seeing Abram as her brother and her family, Abram was taken care of and was given Oxen, Sheep, menservants, maidservants, male asses, female asses, camels… this just signified that pharaoh was taking care of Abram like he was her father, considering that she was (about to be, or was already) his wife.

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  1. And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues, because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.

And because Pharaoh had taken another man’s wife as his, (though in ignorance) God plagued his house. Ignorance is no excuse. Make sure you know all material facts.

  1. 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?

Egypt Is a nation known to have diviners of different kinds, they have dream interpreters and all sorts. So in some way, Pharaoh was able to find out that the plagues came because she was Abrams wife. So Pharaoh called Abram and asked him rhetorically why he did not mention that Sarai was his wife and he allowed her into the house of pharaoh. (Considering that so many things might have happened because she was with the pharaohs for quite some time). (There is punishment attached to having another man’s wife as yours whether in ignorance or not)

  1. 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.

Why would you say she is your sister and allow me to do that which I’ve done? Just take her. She is yours. I don’t want trouble. Come carry your property.

  1. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

Pharaoh then ordered his men to send them away. Then Abrams family went away with all their newly acquired assets.

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