The second half of Genesis 12
tells a story about
how fearful Abram was
when he went to Egypt
because there was
a severe famine in the land
Side note - it seems famine
hits this region pretty regularly!
Do you remember the famine
that happened during
the days of Joseph?
Anyway, when Abram
was close to entering Egypt,
he said his wife,
“I know that you are a woman
of beautiful countenance.
Therefore it will happen,
when the Egyptians see you,
that they will say, ‘This is his wife’;
and they will kill me,
but they will let you live.”
In fear, Abram begged,
“Please say you are my sister,
that it may be well
with me for your sake,
and I may live because of you.”
“So it was.”
What Abram asked - Sarai did.
Abram was right.
“When Abram came into Egypt,
that the Egyptians saw the woman,
that she was very beautiful.
The princes of Pharaoh also saw her
and commended her to Pharaoh.
And the woman was taken
to Pharaoh’s house.”
“Pharaoh treated Abram
well for her sake.
He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys,
male and female servants,
female donkeys, and camels.”
Pharaoh really did treat Abram well.
But the Lord was not going to
let it be so.
“But the Lord plagued Pharaoh
and his house with great plagues
because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.”
Pharaoh called for Abram and said,
“What is this you have done to me?
Why did you not tell me
that she was your wife?
Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?
I might have taken her as my wife.
Now therefore, here is your wife;
take her and go your way.”
“So Pharaoh commanded
his men concerning him;
and they sent him away,
with his wife and all that he had.”
Pharaoh, the King of Egypt,
was smart enough to understand
that the plagues came
from Abram’s God.
Somehow Pharaoh knew
that he had been manipulated,
and he knew he should not have touched
what God made sacred.
You see, in those days,
Pharaohs’ accumulated many wives,
they pretty much took whatever they wanted.
They remind me of the sons of God
described in Genesis 6, in times of old.
“the sons of God saw the daughters of men,
that they were beautiful;
and they took wives for themselves
of all whom they chose.”
So I have a question.
In the ancient of days, before the flood,
when the human race was completely evil,
did the sons of God possess men,
and make their minds and their hearts
Did that sons of God indwell men,
and use humans vessels
as their puppets and pawns?
This was never a thought I imagined,
UNTIL now, while reading this passage.
For some reason, Pharaoh knew
that he should not
“mess with the God of Abram.”
Immediately, Pharaoh gave Sarai back
and told Abram to go away.
I believe this is just an example
of how God shows
"His manifold wisdom
to the rulers and principalities
in heavenly places."
The flood wiped out humankind -
God showed Satan and the rebellious angels
that He can and will do whatever he wants!
Can your imagine
if the devil did not have a playground?
What kind of authority would he have?
The Lord has an appointed time,
at the end of 70 prophetic weeks,
when He will enact the Great Tribulation.
The archangel Gabriel said to Daniel,
“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.”
People with hard hearts
will only remain puppets and pawns,
otherwise known as “Satan’s army,”
UNTIL the great and terrible Day of the Lord.
And when that Day comes,
the Lord will have a remnant -
people who carry God’s promise inside them.
They will be just like Sarai and Abram.
In this story, at the beginning of Genesis 12,
God promised Abram
to make him a great nation.
“I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth
shall be blessed.”
You see, it’s through God’s promise
that the blessing comes.
And in Ephesians 3:8-12
Paul preaches on the great mystery of God.
“To me, the very least of all saints,
this grace was given,
to preach to the Gentiles
the unfathomable riches of Christ,
and to enlighten all people
as to what the plan of the mystery is
which for ages
has been hidden in God,
who created all things;
so that the multifaceted
wisdom of God
might now be made known
through the church
to the rulers and the authorities
in the heavenly places.
This was in accordance
with the eternal purpose
which He carried out
in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness
and confident access
through faith in Him.”
Yes God loves us -
but without Christ,
we are just pawns and puppets.
But with Christ,
who is God’s eternal promise,
no ruler in hell can ever touch us!
They will just have to find
another vessel to live in -
UNTIL the great and terrible
Day of the Lord.