God is merciful to all who have accepted Jesus. The blessings of God are evident in the joy we have at knowing Christ. Let our lives be a witness, that the whole world may know him as savior. Praise God in all things, so all the world learn to praise him. God’s will guides all matters of the world. The Word of God is sown and the harvest is plentiful. God blesses us with all that we need, so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Christ is Lord.
Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt Abram moved again to find provision. he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Covetousness leads to sin. Sarai was beautiful, and as a foreigner, intriguing and different from Egyptian women. Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” Abraham should not have lied, nor asked his wife to lie, but depended on the providence of God. He feared for his life, though God had appeared to him. His motives here were selfish. And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. As Abraham had not claimed her to be his wife, they took her. And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; what profit a man if gain the world but lose his soul?
But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. This is a clear statement from God about the importance of marriage. It is not said that Pharaoh had relations with Sarai, and the affliction God may have been to prevent such. So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? He made the connection immediately, and was justified. And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had. The Pharaoh feared God, and further retribution. Abraham, like any man, is a sinner, and here he failed to show faith in God’s protection. Had he been honest, he may have been allowed to stay peacefully for a time. The Lord was merciful and gracious enough to protect him and his wife despite this.