Week 2  Day 2

As Abram traveled
      people may have asked him
            where he was going
            and what was he doing

I wonder what Abram replied!
      in some ways
      it's the Noah story all over again

How strange it appeared to onlookers
I can hear someone say
      "I saw the most amazing thing today.
      There was this old man building a huge boat
      and he wasn't anywhere near water!"

      "I met an old man today with many possessions
      wandering around this whole area building altars.
      He doesn't even know where he is going!"

Noah and Abram are heroes of faith
    but faith does not always hold steady 
        it can tremble
                  hesitate 
                  dip
                  dodge.

 
Today's reading contains two "takings"
In the first one
      Abram appears weak and we wonder
      whether this is any way for him to act
In the second episode
     Abram moves with
     strength and decisiveness.

 

                        SCARCITY AND ABUNDANCE
         Both hardship and blessing are never far away.
                                 Genesis 12, 13 & 14

    10There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down
to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe. 11When he
was close to entering Egypt, he said to Sarai, "I know that you
are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12Therefore it will
happen, when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his
wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.  13Please
say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your
sake,
and that I may live because of you."
    14When Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the
woman, that she was very beautiful.  15The princes of
Pharaoh
commended her to Pharaoh.  Sarai was taken to
Pharaoh's
house.  16He treated Abram well for her sake. 
Abram had
sheep, oxen, donkeys, servants, and camels.
    17But the Lord plagued Pharaoh with great plagues
because
of Sarai.  18Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What
is this you
have done to me?  Why did you not tell me she
was your wife?
19Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?  I might
have taken 
her as my wife. Here is your wife; take her and
go your way."
20So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning
him; and they
sent him away, with his wife and all that
he had.

    12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan; Lot dwelt in the
cities
of the plain and pitched his tent as far as Sodom. 
13 But the
men of Sodom were wicked.
   
8The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah joined together in
battle
in the Valley of Siddim against the king of Elam. 
10Now the
Valley was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of
Sodom and
Gomorrah fled to the mountains. 11They took all
their goods 
and provisions and went their way.  12They also
took Lot who
dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
    14When Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, he
armed
three hundred and eighteen trained servants who
were born in
his house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 
15He divided his
forces against them by night, and he and his
servants attacked
them.  16So he brought back all the goods,
and Lot and his
goods, as well as the women and the people.
    18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and
wine; he was the priest of God Most High.  19Melchizedek
blessed Abram and said:  "Blessed be Abram of God Most
High,
possessor of heaven and earth; 20and blessed be God
Most
High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand."
                       This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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