Today's Lectionary Text
Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land. When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know well that you are a woman beautiful in appearance; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; then they will kill me, but they will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared on your account.” When Abram entered Egypt the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. When the officials of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female slaves, female donkeys, and camels.
But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh called Abram, and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her, and be gone.” And Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning him; and they set him on the way, with his wife and all that he had.
Have you ever suffered because of a lie someone else told? Somehow is just doesn’t seem fair, does it? You have to feel a little sorry for Pharaoh -- but just a little. It appears from the story that Pharaoh was one of those people who got what he wanted, no matter how he had to go about getting it. So, Abram is caught between telling the truth and probably losing his life, or telling a lie and saving his own skin. We aren’t told how Sarai felt about this whole scheme.
Have you ever told a lie to protect yourself? It’s been my experience that it usually doesn’t turn out well and ends up causing more problems than I was seeking to avoid. In this scripture, God steps in to save the sanctity of Abram and Sarai’s marriage and to keep Pharaoh from committing a major sin.
God always knows the truth, even when we don’t speak or hear it. Sometimes He steps in to keep us out of worse trouble, but often He lets us reap the rewards of our own folly. As followers of Jesus, who was sent to be the way, the truth and the life, we should always attempt to stick to the truth.
Five Rivers District
Lay Leader and LSM Director
Prayer for Reflection
Faithful God, forgive us when we are tempted to bend the truth to our benefit. Remind us that you always know the whole truth, regardless of what we or others may say. Help us be faithful to the truth. Amen.
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