Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Jul 13 2011 - E100.6b – Genesis 12:10-20, A blessing to the nations?

Abram and Sarai went to live in Egypt because there was a famine in the land of Canaan. Abram was afraid that the Egyptians would kill him so that they could have Sarai for themselves, so he told her to pretend to be his sister. When Pharaoh, king of Egypt, heard of her beauty, he took Sarai into his palace, intending to make her one of his harem. In return he blessed Abram with sheep and cattle, donkeys and servants.

But the Lord sent plagues on Pharaoh's household because he had taken Sarai. Pharaoh learnt the hard way that Sarai was Abram's wife. Having returned her to Abram he told them both to get out of his land.

Abram was called to follow God and to trust him to fulfil his promises. Through him God planned to bring blessing to all peoples of the earth. But Abram's faithlessness brings God's judgment upon others rather than God's blessing.

This picture is repeated throughout the pages of Scripture. God's purpose for Israel, the descendants of Abram, is that they should be a light to the nations – a people through whom all nations on earth shall be blessed. But Israel's unfaithfulness leads to God's name being blasphemed among the nations (Romans 2:24).

God will need to raise up another from within Israel who will be a light to the nations and who will bring God's salvation to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 49:6). Only than shall it be said,

In him the tribes of Adam boast
more blessings than their father lost.

Lord God, in Christ you have made me an heir to the promises made to Abram. Help me always to trust in you and faithfully follow the Lord Jesus Christ, so that I may know your blessing and may always be a blessing to those whose lives I touch. Help me to I keep your name holy; may it never be blasphemed because of the things I say and do.

Peter Misselbrook