Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 11: 27 & 30 (ESV)

27Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.

28Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

29And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. (Note: Iscah may be Sarai.)

30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

 Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 12: 1 – 5 (ESV)

1Now the LORD saida to Abram, “Go from your countryb and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”c 4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan.

Walk Thru The Word for Today:   Genesis 12: 5 – 9 (ESV)

5 cont… When they came to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oakd of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  7Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD. 9And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 12: 10 – 15 (ESV)

10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.”

14When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Genesis 12: 16 – 20 (ESV)

16And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.

18So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.” 20And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.

Message Map:  Genesis 12: 10 – 12:20

God Supports Those Who Like Sarah Submit To His Plan

The genealogies in Genesis 5 give us perspective on Adam’s Life…

Multiple generations alive at the same time make for efficient and effective transfer of knowledge learning & wisdom

God’s 5 “I Will’s” promised to Abraham

Genesis 12: 1-3 1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. God says His plan for Abraham is

I will …

Nations rise and fall in direct correlation to how they either cooperate or quarrel over God’s plan to honor His promise to Abraham and His Hebrew descendants.

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God founds the first family of faith who by human standards can’t fulfill what’s promised 

Sarah is a splendid Beauty, humble & Submissive Though Stymied In Barrenness

The challenge for those who want to walk by faith is the challenge Sarah faces:

The distinguishing characteristic for which Sarai is noted for throughout her household and community is that she is barren and will not be having any children – humanly speaking.  The only way for Sarai to have a child is by supernatural method.

In Gen 12:7 God says to Abram, “7Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring/seed/descendants I will give this land.”

This means …

  1. God’s promise applied to Abraham but not Sarai.
  2. Abraham needed to find a new fertile wife – like Hagar.
  3. Though Sarai was barren, God promises she’ll have a child.
  4. Both Abram & Sarai need to trust God to fulfill in and through them what He’s promised.

Can famine make us fail our faith?

Genesis 11: 4 The famine is the first challenge that confronts the First Family of Faith as Abraham leads them to set out to follow God. The famine indicates …

  1. Since God was surprised by it, Abraham is left to figure out on his own how to handle and adjust to it.
  2. If Abraham had more faith, he would have discernment to avoid the famine by going far away from where it would occur.
  3. If Abraham had more faith no matter where he was there would be no famine.
  4. Hardship is no verification of God’s call.
  5. Hardship is a test to see if we obey when things get challenging.

Habakkuk 3:17- 19

17Though the fig tree should not blossom, / nor fruit be on the vines, / the produce of the olive fail / and the fields yield no food, / the flock be cut off from the fold / and there be no herd in the stalls, / 18yet I will rejoice in the LORD; / I will take joy in the God of my salvation. / 19GOD, the Lord, is my strength; / he makes my feet like the deer’s; / he makes me tread on my high places.

Hebrews 12:7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.

JFB says Abram went down into Egypt—He did not go back to the place of his nativity, which would have been an indication that he regretted his pilgrimage and despising the promised land (Heb 11:15), but withdrew for a while into a neighboring country.

The term despised is used in Genesis 25:34 to explain how Esau despised his birthright, when he traded it to Jacob for some lentil stew.  “Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines despise as an action which shows

  1. To contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have the lowest opinion of.

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7.

Else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Matthew 6:24.

Abram Went to Egypt …

Genesis 12: 10 10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Sojourn = Abram plans to live there a) as a permanent residence or b) as a temporary alien.

The famine was God’s way of …

  1. Punishing the iniquity of the Canaanites (maybe)
  2. Clearing the land of Canaanites for Abraham to inhabit it (maybe)
  3. Seeing if Abraham trusted divine Providence to sustain him in the land to where God told him to go. (likely – even very likely)
  4. exercising the faith of Abram, who was to trust the God that brought him to Canaan also could sustain him there,

When Abraham entered Egypt, because of the famine, he abandoned or affirmed God’s plan.

We also see from the word “severe” and the fact that Abe is worried about being killed in Egypt that the famine must have been quite significant, and threatened his livestock, which is his food supply that traveled with (there were no convenience stores), and threatened all the people he acquired in Haran per Gen 12:5, to get him to consider risking what he thought was his life to go to Egypt.

It is your option to determine if in your opinion – When Abraham entered Egypt, because of the famine, he abandoned / affirmed God’s plan.

Abe’s slander sends Sarah astray

Genesis 12: 11-13 11When Abe was about to enter Egypt, he wanted to have Sarai, his wife, say she is sister because …

  1. Sarai was a beautiful woman – and it’s obvious no woman that good looking would be with a guy like Abraham.
  2. The unholy custom of the time was the Egyptians would kill a husband to take a wife, but they would negotiate with a brother for a sister or a father for a daughter whom was unbetrothed, and presumed a virgin.
  3. The custom of the time was women had no say in what would happen to them.
  4. Abraham was shrewd and schemed up a plan to save his own neck, at Sarah’s expense – although, perhaps he had no idea Pharaoh would take her. Or perhaps he thought God would protect her.

Sin’s lose-lose dynamics

In Genesis 12: 14-16 what win-win or the win-lose or the loose-lose dynamics that occurred when Pharaoh took Sarai into his house.

  1. Pharaoh wins because he added another trophy to the many wives/concubines he already had, or does he lose because he’s trapped in sin? W/L
  2. Abram won because he got “sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels,” or does he lose because he lost his wife? W/L
  3. Sarai won because she got to live as a concubine in a wealthy palace, or does she loses because Sarai lost her husband and may have to be with a man she doesn’t know and whose customs completely are foreign to her W/L
  4. Everyone lost because sin is a lose-lose proposition. What does it profit a man to gain the world but to lose his own soul?

God supported Sarah who submitted to the slanderous sister story

1 Pet 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord (one to whom power or authority is delegated). And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

2 Pet 3: 6 – indicates Sarah did not fear the frightening circumstances of submitting to a less than perfect husband and being taken into Pharaoh’s harem.

In this she was a devout woman who looked to God to work His will for her through her husband’s decisions.

God alerts Pharaoh to make Abram accountable

Abraham is divinely disciplined

In Genesis 12: 17-18 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house because …

  1. God was signaling to Pharaoh should not touch Sarah. We are not told, particularly, what these plagues were; but, doubtless, there was something in the plagues themselves, or some explication added to them, sufficient to convince them that it was for Sarai’s sake they were thus plagued.

2. God was rescuing Sara

Both 1 & 2 

God Protects His Promised Plan & Supports Sarah In Her Submission To Aberrant Abram

The Genesis 12: 14-16 exodus from Egypt parallels Israel’s EXODUS from Egypt because …

Slander sells us short as it tells the truth in such a way as to mislead or injure others.

God Protects His Promises in our lives too

God does not reject Abram for sending Sarai into harms way, because …

Let’s pray:

God we appreciate how You have redeemed us and, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies and empowers us to faithfully obey and offer our lives for You to fulfill Your plan through us. 

Gen
5:
1-32
Age Who Was Born Adam Fathered Seth at age 130, & Lived 930 Years Altogether Adam’s Contemporaries Include…
 At 130 Adam fathered Seth Adam was 130 of his 930 years when Seth was born
 At 105 Seth fathered Enosh Adam was 235 of his 930 years when Enosh was born
 At 90 Enosh fathered Kenan Adam was 325 of his 930 years when Kenan was born
 At 70 Kenan father’ Mahalalel Adam was 395 of his 930 years when Mahalalel born
 At 65 Mahalalel father’ Jared Adam was 460 of his 930 years when Jared was born
 At 162 Jared fathered Enoch Adam was 622 of his 930 years when Enoch was born
 At 65 Enoch fathered Methuselah Adam was 687 of his 930 years when Methuselah was born
 At 187 Methuselah fathered Lamech Adam was 874 of his 930 years when Lamech was born.  (930-874 = 56)
 At 182 Lamech fathered Noah (874+182 = 1056) 1056 − 930 = 126. Adam died 126 years before Noah was born. Adam lived 56 years after Lamech, Noah’s dad, was born.
Adam was 622 when Enoch was born. Enoch was 365 when raptured

(622+365 = 987 – 930 = 57) Adam died 57 years before Enoch was raptured.

Methuselah was 369 (= 187+182) when Noah was born.
Gen 7: 6-16 says The Flood began when Noah was 600. 

Methuselah died at 969 (=369+600)

Gen

11: 10-26

Age Who Was Born Noah Lived 350 Years After The Flood
& 950 Years Total (Gen 9:28).
Noah’s Contemporaries Include…
 At 100 Shem fathered Arpachshad Noah has left to live 248 of 930 years after Arpach born (This is 2 years post Flood)
 At 35 Arpach’ fathered Shelah Noah has 213 of 930 years after Shelah’ born
 At 30 Shelah fathered Eber Noah has 183 of 930 years after Eber was born
 At 34 Eber fathered Peleg Noah has 149 of 930 years after Peleg born
 At 30 Peleg fathered Reu Noah has 119 of 930 years after Reu was born
 At 32 Reu fathered Serug Noah has 87 of 930 years after Serug born
 At 30 Serug fathered Nahor Noah has 57 of 930 years after Nahor born
 At 29 Nahor fathered Terah Noah has 28 of 930 years after Terah born
 At 70 Terah fathered Abram Noah died -42 Noah died when Terah was 28
Total 390 The 390 years really is 388 years because Shem had Arpac’ 2 years post flood. Noah died 350 years post flood, when Tera was 28,
which only was 42 years before Abram was born. (28+42=70)

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