Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Plague was Closing the Wombs

As we read Genesis 12 and we watch Abraham even after following the directions from the Lord; to leave his father's land , still come into  great trial as his wife was taken into the PHARAOH' S house for a time. From this we can first learn that even when the Lord asks us to do something, it does not mean that His route will always be the smoothest route, but  as we follow His instructions, we will be protected and things will work out for us, and  likely having grown our faith as well. 

We see the way that the Lord worked out Abraham getting his wife back as He put a plague upon the Pharoah's house that caused this Pharaoh to let Sarah return to her husband Abraham. 

We can learn from additional scripture that the plague that was put on Pharaoh's house was the wombs of his women being shut up and upon Abraham's wife being released back to him Pharaoh's women were able to become pregnant again. 

Genesis 20: 
17 ¶So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
18 For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.

From this we can also witness the great gift being given in the blessing of producing offspring  as it was a plague or consequence to not be able to bare children in this case. 

We can also recall Abraham's promise to have innumerable offspring as a reward for righteousness.

I can feel the great love that our God has for His spirit children in this example and the way that rearing our own children is such a reward to parents. 

Psalm 27: 
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

I know that many in the world today do not see the beauty of creating posterity and some that even have their own children may wonder as Abraham could have, " Why do you send me on this route if it was going to be hard or problematic? " 

We can remember that God helped things work out for Abraham to get his wife back and also we can see the great blessings we are given in our children, our relationship and deep testimonies that He has allowed us to have. 

I hope that I can follow the incredible Abraham's example and that I can honor my privilege as a Mother. 

I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Genesis 12:
10 ¶And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
14 ¶And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
17 And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

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