Genesis 11:27- 13:4


 

God's Promises to Abram

Genesis 11:27-13:4

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Terah's Descendants

27Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot.28Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees, while his father Terah was still alive.

Genesis 11

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29Abram and Nahor married wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, who was also the father of Iscah. 30Sarai was barren. She had no child.

Genesis 11

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31 Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. 



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They went from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there. 32The days of Terah were two hundred and five years. Terah died in Haran.

Genesis 12

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Promises to Abram

1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.

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2I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.

3I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”

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4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

5Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran,

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and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan.6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh.

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At that time, Canaanites were in the land. 

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7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring*.”


*or, seed.

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He built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

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8He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east.

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There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the LORD’s name.

9Abram travelled, still going on towards the South.

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Abram in Egypt

10There was a famine in the land.

Genesis 12

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Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Genesis 12

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11When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at.12 It will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive. 13Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live

Genesis 12

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because of you.”14When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.16He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 12

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17The LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife?

Genesis 12

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 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, see your wife, take her, and go your way.”20Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.

Genesis 13

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1Abram went up out of Egypt—he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him—into the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

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3He went on his journeys from the South as far as Bethel,

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to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,

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4 to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. There Abram called on the LORD’s name.

 
 

Genesis 11:27-13:4

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27Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot. 28Haran died in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees, while his father Terah was still alive.

Genesis 11

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29Abram and Nahor married wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, who was also the father of Iscah. 30Sarai was barren. She had no child.

Genesis 11

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31 Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife. 



Genesis 11

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They went from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there. 32The days of Terah were two hundred and five years. Terah died in Haran.

Genesis 12

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1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.

Genesis 12

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2I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.

3I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12

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4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

5Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran,

Genesis 12

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and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan.6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh.

Genesis 12

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At that time, Canaanites were in the land. 

Genesis 12

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7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring*.”


*or, seed.

Genesis 12

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He built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

Genesis 12

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8He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east.

Genesis 12

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There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the LORD’s name.

9Abram travelled, still going on towards the South.

Genesis 12

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10There was a famine in the land.

Genesis 12

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Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Genesis 12

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11When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at.12 It will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive. 13Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live

Genesis 12

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because of you.”14When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.16He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 12

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17The LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife?

Genesis 12

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 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, see your wife, take her, and go your way.”20Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.

Genesis 13

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1Abram went up out of Egypt—he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him—into the South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

Genesis 13

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3He went on his journeys from the South as far as Bethel,

Genesis 13

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to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,

Genesis 13

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4 to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. There Abram called on the LORD’s name.

 
 

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Are you wondering…

1. Why did God choose Abram?

 

 

 

I believe it was his walk with the LORD that was the reason why Abram was chosen by the LORD. Abram had his fears and shortcomings and almost endangered his wife. Certainly the LORD chose him not because he was valiant or wise but because he communed with the LORD. Read more..

 

 

 

 

2. How old was Sarah when Pharaoh was attracted to her?

In Genesis 17:17, it was stated that when Abram was one hundred years old, Sarah was ninety years old. Hence, Sarah was ten years younger than Abram. In Genesis 12:4, it was stated that Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. So Sarah must be sixty-five years old or older when she went to Egypt and met Pharaoh.

 

 

 

 

3. Why did the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house despite Abram's wrong doing?

 

The first time I read this scripture and learned that the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues although it was  Abram’s wrong doing of lying to Pharaoh, I thought it sounded unfair. However when I inquired of the LORD, I realised it was our gracious LORD’s protection upon Abram and his family. With the plagues, Pharaoh knew that the LORD ‘s presence and protection was upon Abram and his family and hence would not dare to harm them. Otherwise, Abram and his entire family may be executed for having lied to the Pharaoh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Why was Sarai barren?

 

 

Although Sarai was barren, it was not because the LORD withheld His blessings. It was because the LORD had His timing. In fact, the LORD blessed her in every way — beauty, her husband’s love, prosperity and eventually the promised son.

 

 

5. When I make mistakes in life, do I lose favour in the sight of God?

Abram, in his weakness and fears, make a foolish request to his wife to lie to Pharaoh that she was his sister. He put his wife, Sarai in danger of being taken as Pharaoh’s wife and also putting everyone in his family in danger should Pharaoh discover the truth. He only think of his own safety and failed to think of all other consequences. Yet the LORD protected Abram and his family. Our gracious LORD knows our weakness and He will not despise us when we make mistakes. Read more..

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