Genesis 12 Outline
– God called Abram (Genesis 12:1-9)
– Abram went to live in Egypt (Genesis 12:10-20)
Genesis 12 Summary
God called Abram to leave the household of his father and traveled to the land he will show him. God said he will bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. He also said that Abram will be blessed through him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew, Lot as well as all the possessions he had acquired with him as they set out on a journey to Canaan. They finally arrived at Canaan. Abram stopped at the great tree of Moreh in Shechem. God appeared to Abram there. Then, Abram traveled to the hills on the east side of Bethel and set up a tent. He built an altar there to the Lord. After that, Abraham continued his journey to the Negev.
It happened that there was a severe famine and Abram decided to go to Egypt to live for a while. Before Abram enter Egypt, he asked his wife, Sarai to tell others he is his sister because he was afraid that pharaoh will take her as his wife and kill him if she said he is his wife. The Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very pretty woman and she was brought into the palace. Abraham was given many possessions including sheep, cattle, male donkey, female donkey, men servants, female servants and camels because of Sarai.
God was angry with Pharaoh for taking Abram’s wife, Sarai and he punished Pharaoh and his household with diseases. Later, Pharaoh called in Abram and questioned him why he deceived him that Sarai is his sister instead of saying she is his wife. He then commanded Abram to leave along with his wife. After that, Abram, and his wife, Sarai left with all the possessions he accumulated.
Genesis 12 Bible Study
1. God always keep his promise
Although Abram only obey God’s calling partially previously, God called him again and this time he responded with complete obedience. This shows that God always keep his promise and do what he said. God made several promises to Abram. He promised that Abram will have lots of descendants that will form into one nation. He promised to make the name of Abram well known. He promised to bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. Abram is the spiritual father of all who believed (Galatians 3:7).
2. Spending time in devotion to God regularly
Abram built an altar to God when he reached Bethel. The altar was a place to meet God and offer sacrifices. It shows that Abraham submit to God and worship him. Christians should always spend time to worship God and pray so that we can have a good relationship with God.
3. Trusting God in all circumstances
Abram decided to go into Egypt when there was a severe famine in the land instead of trusting God and staying in the place that God called him to settle. Many Christians like to depend on the things of this world for help instead of seeking help from God. We should always discuss our problems with God and let him help us.