Genesis 12:11-16: Looking after number one!

“11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, ‘I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, “This is his wife.” Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.’  14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.” NIV

‘’Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives…’’ (1 Peter 3:7).

At this point in his life, Abram was not a shining example of the above principle. In order to save his skin, he asked his wife to sacrifice her virtue. It must have hurt him too, but he was prepared to do it for safety’s sake. ‘Faith is living without scheming.’ But Abram was prepared to manipulate and deceive so that he could stay alive. It seems his trust in God had burst like a fragile bubble.

When a husband, a dad, is not walking with God, he can bring great harm upon his family. He is likely to lead them astray. How we live as husbands (and as wives) is a spiritual matter. It is of interest to God. It’s not a secondary issue.

The fact that Abram prospered materially at this time (16) did not make it right. Furthermore, as you trace the story through, you will see that the riches he acquired in these circumstances were to cause him problems in future days.