ESV - 17 But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.
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The outcome of Abram's lie to the Egyptian pharaoh is difficult to understand without a working knowledge of the principle known to Believers as Grace. Law-mindedness will cause confusion in this case as in many of it's kind in the Bible. The most glaring is the story of The Cross. That, I believe, is the basis of stories like Noah and his family, lot and his family, and here, Abram and his. Why save or bless these people? The only thing I can make of it is that God chose to for the purpose of displaying His grace. That is hard for many to grasp, so all I (we) can do is try. Those stories are there to get us thinking straight on a subject that seems to lack straightness. And it does. In our estimation as humans in this struggle, is to think Abram must not be guilty since he profited from his lie and the Pharoah was punished. What's up with that? Grace is what. The most misunderstood characteristic pertaining to The LORD, and the most important. I know this is hard but it, Grace, is the emphasis behind this story, not Abram's goodness or the Pharoah's anything. The greatness example of Grace is The LORD Jesus suffering on The Cross for the guilty, IN OUR PLACE. I believe this story is designed to get us ready for THE BIG ONE!
Like the Scripture says, what is written is for our learning and that is always my question when I read the bible. It was God that asked Abraham and his wife to move into Egypt and He who promised was more than able to take care of them. Firstly, rather than trusting God's provision of Protection, Abraham decided to set up his own "plan B" for Protection and preservation. Abraham was a typical MAN/WOMAN that God has given loads of promises and we still go ahead to set up our own plan B regardless of what we Know (mentally) about God's plan. Secondly, Although, Abraham's Plan worked, it could only deliver for a short time. If the plaque did not come on Pharoah, He will still find out sooner or later that they were husband and wife. Man's plan has got a very short life span and if God does not step in, then trouble will be the end result of our human plan...ALL THE TIME. If only man can trust God fully, God's plan will always deliver. Thirdly, even though, Abraham set up his own plan contrary to God's, His relationship with God was not affected like many people claim that any error we fall into will automatically cut us from God's grace, love and protection. NO. God still watches over Abraham and was ready to destroy any nation or people who hurt, afflict or stand in Abraham's way. That is sweet to know that Nothing can seperate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Hence, the punishment inflicted on Pharoah and his kingdom. The fact that we have a Father who will fight for us at all time should make us Shout aloud daily and praise His Glorious Name. We are confident of this very thing that if God be for us, who can be against us. In conclusion, We are special and God is jealously watching over us to make sure that His plans and purposes for our lives is furfill regardless. If He can give HIS only SON for us, what else is there to deny us? God bless you
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