Abram and Sarai could have been tortured to death for such a folly. In this case, Pharaoh acted more righteously than they did. Unlike Abram and Sarai, Pharaoh, a man who knew nothing about God, heeded His warning and was recompensed for correcting his unintentional error. How do we know this? Because Pharaoh’s legacy continued and he had heirs that succeeded him. Pharaoh acknowledged that the Hebrew God was more powerful than himself or any of his gods. Through pain and humiliation, Abram and Sarai, who did worship God, learned the same lesson.
Let’s compare and contrast this event from the great Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt that happened approximately 500 years later:
Abram goes to Egypt because of famine - The Israelites go to Egypt because of famine
Sarai was trapped in Egypt - The Israelites were trapped in Egypt
Plagues on the Pharaoh/household - Plagues on Pharaoh/Egypt
Abram and Sarai kicked out of Egypt - Pharaoh kicked slaves out of Egypt
Abram leaves with wealth - The Israelites leave with wealth
The reigning Pharaoh from the Book of Exodus was not as wise as his predecessor. He refused to acknowledge that the God of the Hebrews was more powerful than he or his gods could ever be. Egypt laid in shambles because of Pharaoh’s arrogance and unwillingness to submit and cooperate.
Did you ever think yourself more powerful than God? Wow, what a crazy question, but think about it:
Have you reasoned away God's warnings? Have you lied for your own self preservation? Have you ever been an accomplice in wrong doing? Have you ever exploited others to benefit yourself? Have your actions been the cause of another's suffering? Guess what, you have thought yourself more powerful than God!
That sounds pretty harsh, but I can't think of anyone who hasn't done at least one of those things. When you realize you are manipulating circumstances, STOP! Submit yourself to God, admit your weaknesses, and when you are weak, He is strong.
Jude 1:24-25 NLT, "Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen."
Father, I thank you for recording the imperfections of those who lived before us. I know these examples help us learn to not repeat the same mistakes and avoid failure. Deliver me from my own weaknesses and help me to submit to You. You are all powerful merciful, and good and my trust is in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
God is all powerful.
I am not stubborn and insist on my own way.
I listen to God’s warnings.
I acknowledge my weaknesses and, with God's grace, correct them.
Check your stubborn meter. What is it you feel you want to do and know you shouldn’t? Ask yourself, what consequences could arise from my actions? Who could I hurt in the process? Submit to God, ask Him to forgive you and avoid the consequences of failure.