But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

– Genesis 12:17-20 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

This passage about Abram, Sarai, and the Pharaoh of Egypt holds an important foreshadowing of things to come. Hundreds of years later another Hebrew named Moses would approach the Pharaoh of Egypt to let God’s people go. The Bible tells us that God is not caught off guard by the course of history. On the contrary, He is the One who commands time, and He has left the stories of the Bible as a witness that He is involved in the affairs of mankind.

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