This chapter is about God calling Abram & Abram in Egypt. This is WAY before God changes his name. But in this chapter God does promise to “make a great nation” out of him. Translation: All the tribes of Judaism, Judaism (& Christianity & Islam. But specifically Judaism & Islam. Because they are really really brothers from another mother.) itself, & if you think about it, the nation of Israel. *This is not a political, or spiritual, stance on the nation of Israel. My personal stance has nothing to do with this. Thank you.* I hope you enjoy the read.
God says to Abram, “Leave your country, people, & your father’s household & go to where I tell you.” This is also in Acts 7:3. God also says to him, “I’ll make you into a great nation & I’ll bless you. I’ll make your name great (he did.) & you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you, & whoever curses you, I will curse. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” The last sentence is also in Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:8.
So Abram packed up & took off. His nephew Lot, & his wife Sarai, went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he start out. He took everything with him, possessions & what the bible says are “people the had acquired…” What that means, at least to me, is that they either had slaves, or they meant like Lot’s kids or maybe some cousins. They set out to the land of Canaan & got there.
Abram & crew went through the land as far as the site of a great tree of Moreh at a place called Shechem. Now who or what “Moreh” is, is a unknown. At a place called Shechem, which is also unknown where it’s located. But the Canaanites were in this land, at this time. God told Abram at this point, “To your descendants, I’ll give this land to.” This line also stated in Genesis 13:15, 24:7; & Galatians 3:16. Abram then built an altar (probably out of stone) to God, who actually appeared to him.
From there the troupe went on toward the hills, east of Bethel. They pitched their tents here, with Bethel on the west & Ai on the east. Abram then built another altar (again, probably made of stone) here & called on the name of the Lord. Then they set out, again, & continued to the Negev. Now “the Negev” is an arid region that is mostly forming southern Israel, between Beesheba & the Gulf of Aqaba, on the Egyptian border.
There was a famine in the land. Everybody went down to Egypt to live there because the famine was so severe. When they were about to enter Egypt, Abram said to Sarai (whose his wife), “You’re a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they’ll say ‘This is his wife.’ They’ll want to kill me but let you live. Say you’re my sister, so I’ll be treated we for your sake & my life will be spared because of you.”
They came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was beautiful. And the Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they went & told Pharaoh. Sarai was then taken to the palace, I’m assuming alone. Because it says that Pharaoh treated Abram well because of Sarai. Abram got sheep, cattle, donkeys, servants, & camels. God didn’t like that so well though.
He put down some serious diseases on the Pharaoh & his household because of Sarai. Somehow Pharaoh figured it out. Don’t know how. Pharaoh summoned Abram. Pharaoh starts going off on Abram, “What’ve you done to me? Why didn’t you just say she was your wife? Why did you say ‘She’s my sister,’ so that I took her as my wife?! Here’s YOUR wife. Take her & go!” Pharaoh gave orders to his men concerning Abram. They sent Abram & his comrades on their way, with all their belongings that they had acquired while in Egypt.