July 6: Sarah – Genesis 12
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Sarah – Genesis 12
The Call of Abram
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 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 Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
10 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. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Sarah – Your Dream Is Never Limited | Becky Newman
At first read, this chapter doesn’t seem to have much to do with Sarah but could be construed to be about all the places to which her husband drug her, or even about being treated as property. Sarah didn’t have this attitude. Inbetween the lines is a faithful wife and helpmate devoted to helping God’s dream come alive, the dream from Genesis 12:2-3. But what about the dishonesty in Genesis 12:10-20? Well, Sarah really was Abram’s sister, and this appears to be what had to happen for the Egyptians to accept Abram’s family and for God’s blessing to come to life. God protected Sarah in this too, keeping her pure for her husband by inflicting illness on Pharoah. God’s dream wasn’t just limited to Abram, but it extended to Abram’s completion in Sarah.
I am thankful for how You have changed my heart and attitude through the years. I could be this bitter wife drug around and stuck in Nebraska (well, perhaps there’s still a little bitterness about the stuck in Nebraska part). But You have made me part of Your dream no matter where I am. And You are changing me into being a better helpmate for my husband in this journey. Your dream is never limited.
Lord, keep opening my eyes to where You are using me in Your dream so I can thank You and praise You and tell everyone about You through every little thing. Remove any bitter roots in me, clean my vessel out, and use me.
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