Genesis 12 – Abram and Lot Journey
Its amazing how so much stuff can happen to Ham, Shem, and the people at Babel but then no events worth reporting happen, maybe like dealing with multiple languages suddenly appearing, to any of the people in the genealogies they mention. But we are again at a point where god is going to intervene into human affairs again, with the story of Abram.
I will try to use the names Abram and Sarai or Abraham and Sarah to correlate with the verses I am talking about but it does get confusing and just know they are the same people and I may switch them around some.
In v.4 it states that Abram was 75 when they left Haran but there exists another controversy here.
Looking forward to Acts 7:2-4, ‘Abraham … dwelt in Haran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed himself into this land.’ So, he stayed until his father died and then left, but in Gen. 11:26, it states that Terah ‘lived seventy years, and begat Abram,’ and Gen 11:32 states ‘the days of Terah were 205 years.’
Some easy math says Abram didn’t leave until he was 135.
Abram, Sarai, Lot, ‘all their substance,’ and v.5 ‘the souls that they had gotten in Haran.’ An intriguing statement. Is it their children? their community? their slaves?
In v.7, god appears to Abram and says the land they are walking through will be given to his descendants. Why must they go through supposed slavery and such a hard life until then? Abram is there now, settle it, but no that isn’t the way of god.
As they get close to Egypt, Abram says to Sarai that she is fair and the Egyptians would kill him if they knew she was his wife, but they wouldn’t do anything if she said she was his sister. WHAT?! Instead of standing up for his wife, he whored her out. He told her to act like his sister so they could get in close with the Pharaoh.
What does god do to Abram for lying and causing so many problems, he plagues the Pharaoh and his house! The Pharaoh didn’t know Sarai was married, why is god punishing him? This con was Abram’s idea.
v.18, Pharaoh says, Abram why didn’t you tell me she was your wife! v.19, the Pharaoh asks if he did it so he would take her to be wife. Of course he did! in v.10 they mention a famine in the land and who has food even when the peons don’t…the Pharaoh! It was a big con job.
v.19, the Pharaoh says take your wife and leave.
Just a thought. All the time the Hebrews were supposedly enslaved by the Egyptians could have been sparked from this instance of lying by Abram.