Genesis Chapter 12 What Type of Relationship? God

Genesis chapter 12 opens with a clear picture of God's interactive relationship with Abram, and I believe these opening verses depict the type of relationship He wants with all His children. Verses 1-4 state, "The Lord had said to Abram, Go from your country your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all people on earth will be blessed through you. So, Abram went as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haram." Abram's obedience is front and center in these verses. They don't state any additional conversation. There was no list of 20 questions or God's five-year plan for Abram's life, yet Abram trusted God and went.

Verse 5 continues as Abram displays true faith in God as it states, "He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possession they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there." Although Abram was obedient and trusted God, he was also human, which is evident as the story continues. In verses 10- & 13, "Now there was a famine in the land. And Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, " I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, this is his wife. Then they will kill me but let you live. Say you are my sister so that I will be treated well for your sake, and my life will be spared because of you." And just as Abram concluded, they took Sarai, see verses 15 &16. The Lord steps in verses 17-20 "But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife, Sarai. So, Pharaoh summoned Abram. What have you done to me? He said, why didn't you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say she is my sister so that I took her to be my wife? Now here is your wife. Take her and go! Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had." As this chapter closes out, don't miss verse 16, "He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels." This verse is a glimpse of another picture in Bible history when Israel would leave Egypt with Egyptian plunder see Exodus chapter 12:35-36. Remember, God's will is perfect. At times it may seem that we are walking into an impossible situation, but God promises to use all circumstances for our good if we continue to trust and obey the word of God. I encourage you to read Genesis chapter 12 and pray that God illuminates the type of relationship He wants to have with you through His word.

Remember God loves you, and so do I

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