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Week 2 Day 2
As Abram traveled people may have asked him where he was going and what was he doing
I wonder what Abram replied! in some ways it's the Noah story all over again
How strange it appeared to onlookersI can hear someone say "I saw the most amazing thing today. There was this old man building a huge boat and he wasn't anywhere near water!" "I met an old man today with many possessions wandering around this whole area building altars. He doesn't even know where he is going!"
Noah and Abram are heroes of faith but faith does not always hold steady it can tremble hesitate dip dodge.
Today's reading contains two "takings"In the first one Abram appears weak and we wonder whether this is any way for him to actIn the second episode Abram moves with strength and decisiveness.
SCARCITY AND ABUNDANCE Both hardship and blessing are never far away. Genesis 12, 13 & 14
10There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe. 11When he was close to entering Egypt, he said to Sarai, "I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you." 14When Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15The princes of Pharaoh commended her to Pharaoh. Sarai was taken to Pharaoh's house. 16He treated Abram well for her sake. Abram had sheep, oxen, donkeys, servants, and camels. 17But the Lord plagued Pharaoh with great plagues because of Sarai. 18Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say, 'She is my sister'? I might have taken her as my wife. Here is your wife; take her and go your way." 20So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had. 12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan; Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked. 8The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim against the king of Elam. 10Now the Valley was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled to the mountains. 11They took all their goods and provisions and went their way. 12They also took Lot who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. 14When Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, he armed three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them. 16So he brought back all the goods, and Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people. 18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19Melchizedek blessed Abram and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; 20and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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