Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife - I am Afraid, 3
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."
We find a really great Old Testament example of this fear of men in Abram before he was renamed by God to Abraham.
This is what Abram per-meditated and told his wife, Sarai before God renamed her Sarah. Before you read the following, know that this man was called "the friend of God" (James 2:23) and that he made "the hall of faith" in Hebrews 11.
Genesis 12:11-13. "And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee."
That brought a snare. To Abram and to the Egyptians.
The first snare happens immediately in Genesis 12:14-20 "And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."
Did Abram learn his lesson or was he a slow learner?
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth