Genesis 16: Hagar and Ishmael

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

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Version used is from (KJV) Genesis 16

1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

It’s interesting how even though Abram trusted in the Lord that he will have descendants that come from his own body, it did not occur to him that it would come from his own wife, Sarai. Instead, because Sarai thought that she could not bear children, then his descendants would have to come from someone else. Thereby offering up her handmaid so that her husband could have children through his bloodline. Was this planned by God all along? If God is omnipresent and omniscient, then He would already know that this is how the story is going to play out.
3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
I do want to make another point here, about who many believe wrote Genesis to begin with. Of course this question brings up many debates, but the person most referenced as having written Genesis is Moses. Whether that be from word of mouth and passed down traditions and tales, or whether perhaps he had the testimony dictated to him by an angel of the Lord, or the Lord Himself, it is interesting that a lot of these passed down tales give us an inner look into the emotions and feelings of others. Was there written dictation that Hagar began to hate her mistress? Was there proof of some sort that there was animosity brewing between the two because Hagar felt herself better than Sarai because she can conceive and Sarai couldn’t? And this brings into question how these texts could have been written with the knowledge of what people were feeling and thinking. Yes, God would be able to know how everyone’s feeling, so could it be possible that whoever did write Genesis gets insights into everyone’s thoughts and feelings? And if certain chapters were dictated, how can we be, FOR SURE, that the dictation came from an angel of the Lord, or the Lord Himself? Or even if they came from visions or dreams? How can we be sure that these visions/dreams/etc. were not misconstrued?
I also want to bring up the emotion of Hagar herself for her thoughts of pride for being able to conceive and thinking herself better than someone else because of this. I don’t want to judge this characteristic, because I don’t know what’s going on in her mind/thoughts, but thought it was an interesting perspective. Of course this particular version of the text does not reference Hagar’s complete feelings to Sarai like others do, like the NIV for instance. The NIV gives a little more context to this relationship.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
Here is another reference to Sarai and Hagar’s relationship, which was never brought up before Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s child. And another wrongdoing, even though it was Sarai’s idea to have Hagar become Abram’s wife as well specifically to have children through her. I also want to make note that at this point, it doesn’t seem as if the Lord has given any instruction as to how to live one’s life. The 10 commandments were not created yet, and the word Love has not even been mentioned yet other than in reference to procreation as can be seen in NIV Genesis 4. In fact, it won’t be mentioned for a few more chapters, and even in that context, as we will see, I have issues with.
So at this point in the Bible, it would appear that people have no way of knowing how to treat each other. We can see such disrespect coming from Hagar to Sarai, and Sarai to Hagar, with not a mention of compassion or kindness. In fact, the last few chapters dealt with gain as far as land and wealth and bloodlines. It’s fascinating that Love has not even been a component yet. Even at the creation of Adam and Eve and the love of a husband and wife, or the love for their children.

7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

The phrase “the angel of the Lord” grabs my attention and to me, implies that this angel is special in some way. Why “THE” angel? Not “an” angel? Why is there this implication that it is not just a “random” angel of the Lord that came to Hagar, but the angel of the Lord? What does this mean? Does this angel have some sort of significance? There are indications of heirarchies within the angelic/heavenly realm, so does this angel hold a particular importance or certain leadership quality that others angels wouldn’t?
9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
This gives me an even deeper impression that this angel, for some reason, holds more weight than the others. Why would this angel specifically say, “I will multiply thy seed”? Wouldn’t that be something that the Lord would say? If the angel is speaking for the Lord, then the wording, I would think, would be more like, “The Lord will multiply thy seed”. Not I, as in the angel itself.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
Just a quick note, “Ishmael” means “God listens.” or “God will hear.” or similar variants to this.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
So why would this be? This sounds like more of a curse than a blessing. Is this “angel of the Lord” merely warning Hagar that this is how her son will be considered? Is it just what was in Ishmael’s destiny? There are theories that Ishmael’s descendants are known today as the Muslims, or Arabs, Arabian Muslims, with some history provided by Muhammad/Quran.
So another question I have is, if the angel never mentioned that Ishmael would grow up to be at odds with every man, would this prophecy still play out as told? Did the angel’s prophetic warning have anything to do with how Hagar raised Ishmael, with the expectation that he would be against others and others against him? Did the angel set the precedent with this foretelling?

13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Hm… now I’m really confused. The angel of the Lord was speaking to Hagar… so why is this verse now considering him the Lord? And if this was the angel of the Lord, then surely the text would clearly imply again “the angel of the Lord”. Not “name of the Lord that spake unto her.” Unless it is indicating that by being addressed by this angel, she realizes that Thou God, meaning the angel’s God, and thus God Himself, has seen her in her distress and is appealing to her to return to Sarai even amidst all of the hostility. It still does not explain though why in this verse the angel is considered the Lord… Could “the angel of the Lord” be the Holy Spirit? Therefore indeed a significant part of God? Or perhaps as some theories speculate, could it be the Christ Consciousness before Jesus Christ was incarnate? Even so, the strange prediction that Ishmael will play a substantial role in his dealings with other mankind sets an interesting and perplexing anecdote, as if setting the stage for what is to come.
14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Throughout this chapter, I have to bring up again how interesting it is that the one message that Jesus Christ teaches, of Love to God and to each other, has not been mentioned yet. In fact, like I stated above, Love is not even a factor and has not been mentioned in Genesis yet, from Adam and Eve’s creation, to Abram’s timeline, 2,000 years since the beginning, according to the Bible. Has this concept, this feeling, not have even manifested yet? Are humans at this point of time just multiplying out of duty to keep one’s heritage/bloodline going? We can see how people have treated each other throughout all of this, with brother against brother, son against father, woman against woman due to pride, jealousy, envy, etc., etc., etc. I think Love will be a specific recurring topic that I will keep a very close eye on going forward.

 

As usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

What REALLY Happened with Evergreen at the Suez Canal?

Theories abound.

On March 23, 2021, the Ever Given / Evergreen vessel container ship became lodged in the Suez Canal and obstructed any passage through that particular route for almost a week.

Including this extremely huge dilemma, the container ship is still under investigation and has been impounded while authorities work on liabilities, compensation, and cause.

With a little bit of searching around – we can see multiple mainstream media outlets rehashing the same article, word for word, originating from the Associated Press.

Suez Canal chief: Vessel impounded amid financial dispute (ABCNews)
Egyptian authorities impound ship that blocked Suez Canal amid financial dispute (CBSNews)
Egypt seizes control of massive ship Ever Given after it blocked Suez Canal for days (USAToday)
Massive Ship That Blocked Suez Canal Now Impounded in Egypt Over Financial Dispute (NBCDFW)

Of course, this is the “official” narrative, which as many people (but not nearly enough) are starting to realize, aren’t providing the honest accounts of what’s REALLY going on. So in order to reveal the truth of the matter, or even get close to it, one must look outside of the msm, and into alternative news sources.

With that being said, this obviously does not guarantee that the information from these contrasting reports are stating the truth either. But it does give further insight and a deeper look into what may be going on rather than being force-fed the same anecdote, told over and over again by the same factions who are, un-coincidentally, owned by the few top organizations of the world and who are known for protecting each other.

Now, there has been a lot of resistance into following certain “conspiratorial” content, but for the sake of digging in deep into these suspicious circumstances, I will be raising these issues up starting with a news report outside of the msm, that was announced by a group named Mavi Gazetem.

Mavi Gazetem: New News & Breaking Reports on the Evergreen Suez Canal Incident

According to Turkish to English translation, “Mavi Gazetem” means “Blue Newspaper”.

What’s interesting about this organization, is that it is incredibly new, with what looks like it began its operation of social media presence in March of this year.

Twitter: @mavigazetem (Joined March 2021)
Instagram: mavigazetem (9 posts presently, as of April 14, 2021)
youtube: Mavi Gazetem (Joined April 03, 2021)
Website: mavigazetem.com.tr (First article published on March 20, 2021)

Now, everyone has to start somewhere, and if this news organization is a branch-off of a currently existing one, I have no knowledge of that. Unfortunately, I cannot read Turkish. But, thankfully, the publication has offered a few articles already translated to English. (There are also websites that can translate languages to a preferred one, but I appreciate the articles presenting the translations themselves to preserve accuracy.)

The below links show all of the articles that the Mavi Gazetem website offers in English as of this writing:

Published on April 09, 2021: The Secret Contents of Ever Given / Evergreen Container Ship
Published on April 10, 2021: The Truth About Suez Canal
Published on April 10, 2021: The Secret Contents of Ever Given – Evergreen Container Ship – Translated Video By Kaan Sariaydin
Published on April 13, 2021: The Second Act of the Evengreen Theatre

In the article The Secret Contents of Ever Given – Evergreen Container Ship – Translated Video By Kaan Sariaydin they also link to a youtube video that shows Kaan Sariaydin explaining what REALLY happened to the Evergreen/Ever Given container ship, and points to putting a halt to the Global cabal capitalists’ plans of initiating their Climate Change agenda.

Thank you to Kaan Sariaydin and the Mavi Gazetem team for making this transcript available. Before I knew it was available at their website, I was going to take the initiative in writing it all up in order to present it to readers who would rather read the text or who cannot hear. Because their website made the content available, please visit them also in order to give them viewership.

While Kaan Sariaydin states that the takedown of the Evergreen ship was a concerted effort maintained by several countries: Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Israel (namely, although also mentioning Russia in a separate article) – please keep an open mind and do not automatically trust or disbelieve any subject matter brought forth. I am just presenting the information that I find and as always, I recommend doing your own research in addition to any news you may come across.

Kaan Sariaydin delves in deeper as to why the Evergreen ship was taken offline to begin with, referring to the Globalists’ plans to initiate the Climate Change scheme sometime this month. Also describing the theories that certain “conspiracists” have been talking about for quite a while.

(Ever wonder why the msm and shills target “conspiracy theorists” so hard? It’s because they’ve been proven right on a large number of occasions, and that threatens the plans that tptsb have in store. 25 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out to Be True. While Kaan himself advises to stay away from ‘conspiracy theories’, the uncanny relationship between what he is saying and the speculations that theorists (critical thinkers) have been proposing for years are eerily similar.)

What does Kaan Sariaydin suggest?

A connection with 5G and Bill Gates

Below are a few chosen excerpts from the transcript of Kaan Sariaydin’s reports on why the Evergreen ship was targeted (some embellishment added for emphasis):

“Without going into (too much) detail, let me tell you in a few words:
Mr Bill Gates have got his fingers in this pie
Very Simple actually! As we all know, for years he has been working on vaccines.
Recently he has been crazy about buying land, he has just bought 56,000 decares, which is 56 million m2 land just in Turkey
Today there was an announcement that He bought over 1 million decares in Arizona.”


“The Contents of those containers had the Chemicals that would activate the Second Techno Weapon which works with 5G Radiation Beams and transforms earth’s soil using Special Information Technologies.”


“After this, accompanied with the Classic Vegan “Project”, Faux (Fake) Meat Project, This is a very dangerous thing because
If you know little bit about this (Fake Meat) and it Biochemical Content; I happen to know quite bit about this
If you consume just 1 Type of Protein (in your food) the profiles of your Amino Acids become insufficient. No one (No Media) is talking (explaining) about this!
(Fake Meat Project) Terrible things could be caused here, specialist have spoken about this.
(Specialist) have actually explained this in very good way. People should research and listen carefully. This was The Project! In Mr Bill Gates style, he was planning to own: Food and Agriculture !
Because, Those Who Own the Food sources own the World, Ok?”


“Yes Those materials, that ship was to transport them to the relevant 5G Transmitters. When used with those transmitters, this would cause huge infestations.
do you know why Mr. Bill Gates needed this and what he needed to use it for?
To END beef farming and completely destroy Animal farming in general.”

– Source: Kaan Sariaydin The Secret Contents of Ever Given – Evergreen Container Ship – Translated Video By Kaan Sariaydin

Yes, Bill Gates was mentioned numerous times in Kaan’s account. Along with this suspicious individual, Kaan also mentions Joe Biden and China, working in cahoots in initiating this globalist takeover as well.

It honestly doesn’t matter which country anyone is from, the insane agendas that these “elites” are trying to implement hurt the WHOLE WORLD, and I am against these schemes 100%.

It is no secret that Bill Gates is buying up a ton of farmland, it’s no secret that he is one of, if not THE MOST, largest spokesperson for EVERYONE to take this shady vaccine, it’s no secret that he is ushering for people to switch to synthetic meat, it’s no secret that he has a deranged plan to block out the sun…

However, unfortunately, there are still so many people who don’t realize the outrageous efforts that Bill Gates has been engaged in, including some other incredulous acts that involve Planned Parenthood and other vaccine-related atrocities across different countries. Hopefully people around the world will wake up and open their eyes to the corrupt operations that have been running in the background for decades/centuries instead of dismissing it all because they’re too afraid (and/or too blind, too stubborn) to face this possibility.

Of course, this is just one of the proposed theories, so please tread lightly when coming across any information that hasn’t yet been solidly confirmed – and this also comes as a reminder to be alert about anything you hear from not only the mainstream media but independent sites as well. The point of “critical thinking” is to take in all of the data and possible scenarios, and come to an educated hypothesis that connects the necessary and prudent dots – while at the same time realizing that until the data is confirmed, it is a conjecture that may ultimately prove false.

So who is Kaan Sariaydin and does he know for sure that this is the real reason why the Evergreen ship was stuck in the canal? Or is he proposing this theory based on intel/information that he’s gathered through various sources?

If this source is true, could it also be in conjunction with other assumptions that various people have offered that may shed further light on this Suez canal incident?

Other speculations

A huge theory that has been making its way around the internet, are the possible connections of the Evergreen ship to Hillary Clinton. There are actually multiple associations that one could correlate to this supposition, and I will cover some of them below.

Those who have followed Q, politics (chiefly, the apparent clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton), the wiki-leak scandals involving Anthony Weiner’s laptop, etc. may already know of the accusations that the Clinton Foundation is directly participating – if not the ringleader – of a huge human/child trafficking organization (and yes, adding “child” instead of just “human” is intentional, as it needs to be driven home that young children are innocent victims of this heinous scheme as well, and not just adults being trafficked – which is terrible in itself).

A post from Q made in 2018 alleges a connection of the phone number to the Clinton Foundation being the same one as the Child Trafficking Hotline:

Screenshots courtesy of Weekend Warrior | Evergreen

And then there is also the relation of Laura Silsby (whose jail time was reduced by the Clintons for attempting to smuggle 33 children out of Haiti in 2010 – with even a prior history of trying to smuggle 40 people out of Haiti) who was employed as one of the leaders of the AlertSense (Amber Alert) program even after her entanglement with the child-trafficking crimes.

“Since her release from detention in Haiti, Laura Silsby has returned to Idaho. In 2015, she married and took the last name Gayler. Silsby is currently (no longer?) employed by software company AlertSense as their Vice President of Marketing. AlertSense works with the Federal Government on FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS). One of IPAWS functions is to issue Amber Alerts during kidnapping events.”The Clintons, Laura Silsby, Haiti, Amber Alerts & Human Trafficking

So we have the Clintons protecting Laura Silsby, who was arrested and sentenced to jail time for the abduction of several Haitians, and then we have this interesting picture of the Clintons with what appears to be Haitians and “coincidentally” in front of what seems to be actual Evergreen cargo containers…

Screenshot courtesy of Weekend Warrior | Evergreen

The below video is a disturbing premise into the reality that we live in, with what some speculate is yet another strangely bizarre “predictive programming” at work: (just coincidence?)

Source: youtube | Years of the pandemic | (Dexter) Child saved from EVERGREEN shipping container. No coincidences. part 1 (clip is from Dexter, Season 1, Episode 12 “Born Free” – Aired on December 17, 2006)

It gets even stranger, when you realize that “Evergreen” is Hillary Clinton’s codename, and the callsign for the Evergreen ship container that became lodged in the Suez Canal is H3RC.

Even the “all-mighty” mainstream media admits that Hillary Clinton’s codename is Evergreen, so this, at least, is NOT a conspiracy theory…

Screenshot courtesy of Weekend Warrior | Evergreen

More interesting connections:

Just a few days after the Evergreen/Ever Given shipping container became stuck in the Suez Canal, this happens in China, almost as if it is mimicking it’s water counterpart.

And who do we have trying to come to the Evergreen/H3RC ship’s rescue?

Screenshot courtesy of Weekend Warrior | Evergreen

But it couldn’t be in any way related to “Barack”, right? A slight play on words? No… that would be a little much.

And it’s not like both HRC and Barack were involved in the wikileak/p!zz4g4t3 scandal that suspected them of using pedophilia-related codewords to describe underhanded sinister acts or rituals or anything.

…Wait…

Pedophile Code Words Found In John Podesta E-Mails
“Sacrificing a Chicken to Moloch” – The Clinton-Podesta Email Scandal

#p!zz4g4t3wasnotdebunked!

One last picture that shows what could be an ominous foreshadowing (of course depending on the truth of what it means – if anything – or if it really is just a random set of letters that don’t mean anything catastrophic):

Screenshot courtesy of Weekend Warrior | Evergreen

I hope “WMD” in this case doesn’t mean what it normally means in the world of the military and government…
weapon of mass destruction, WMD, W.M.D.(noun)
a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)

What does WMD mean in Military?

And tie this theory into what Kaan Sariaydin was suggesting, “The Climate Change Weapon, Yes this containers carried the substances (Weapons) that would accelerate the Climate Change!” and it starts to paint a very sordid and terrifying picture. And while the WMD callsign ship seems to be designated to a stalled ship infront of the Evergreen cargo transporter, it offers the possibility that multiple ships were deliberately blocked from passage as well in order to prevent even more suspicious product from getting to their destination.

The Great Reproach Reset

Of course, some people propose that the blocking of the Suez Canal was indeed done on purpose, but not to stop a vile plot, but to implement one.

This theory insinuates that the huge ship was stalled in the canal to help initiate the Great Reset (strangely also connected to Bill Gates – along with the WEF, WHO, NIAID, and so on…), and in so doing, preventing nations around the world from getting their product; causing the market to drive up the costs, thus ushering in their New World Order plan to “help” the world.

Regardless if the Suez Canal was blocked due to this specific reason or not, the Great Reset and the NWO are actual plans of the global elites, and this alone should raise red flags to what’s been happening on this planet.

It honestly begs the question, if this is widely known, with multiple countries against these agendas, why have certain individuals not been apprehended and charged with ‘crimes against humanity’, as so many inclinations of this egregious pursuit of dictatorship has been running rampant throughout our history? Is it really that challenging to address the few people pushing their oppression on everyone else? Is our world so polluted in our thinking and ambition?

And if the Clintons are indeed involved in the heinous activity that they are accused of, why, for the love of everything Holy, are they not in custody (and if they are and/or are not the real culprits, and we’re not getting the full story, then who is REALLY running the show here)? Are the rumors that the cia and the secret service (and perhaps other corrupt agencies), protecting them true? There’s apparently no other option to come to that would make sense other than this supposition. Who else is involved in this illicit cover-up, if true?

Just a coincidence?

While it would be difficult to cover every theory regarding this event, there is, of course, one more that we should all entertain.

That is, could this all, in fact, be one huge coincidence and these theories being proposed are so far off base and truly worthy of tin-foil hat wearing delusional crackpots?

Was the Evergreen container ship just extremely unfortunate to getting stuck in the canal the way it did with no bearing on anything sinister or nefarious going on? Was it simply one huge mistake and all the containers on that ship (and perhaps the other ships that remained halted due to the blockage) just have your average, ordinary, everyday standard supplies with no malevolent intent behind them?

One can only hope.

But knowing the depravity and wickedness that some people have within them, and the deplorable lengths that they will go to in order to remain at the top, and the troubling awareness that nothing happens by chance, I’d say it’s a longshot.

Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong.

(Legitimately wrong – not just told it was all nothing more than “baseless conspiracy theories”…)

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Genesis 12: The Call of Abram

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

Version used is from biblestudytools.com (NKJV) Genesis 12

The Call of Abram

1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
This verse seems like a contradiction to me. First it says that “I will bless those who bless you”, and then, “I will curse him who curses you”, yet in the very next section it states, “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” …Doesn’t the last part of the sentence cancel out the first portion? Unless EVERYONE blesses Abram, then not all of the families on earth will be blessed. So this sounds a little confusing to me.
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.
7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.

Abram in Egypt

10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance.
12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.
I don’t understand the customs of each nation, but it’s interesting that Abram’s first instinct is that the Egyptians will kill him presumably to steal his wife from him. It’s also interesting to note that Abram is very well aware of his wife’s beauty, and it’s for this reason that he feels as if he would be looked at in hostility by the Egyptians simply for being the husband of a “beautiful” woman.
It’s also very telling that even during the birth of all the nations, that physical looks has so much influence on people’s lives. No one can help how they are born and what physical features they’re born with (or can they…?) so to automatically judge someone based on their looks seems like such a strange concept to me. Of course, if one were inclined to believe that to be born with physical beauty is a ‘blessing from the gods’ or good karma, etc. then I can see why people would feel as if “beautiful” people are blessed – but as we can see in today’s society, this is most certainly NOT TRUE, as even some of the most beautiful people are corrupted to the core. So it all boils down to what is aesthetically pleasing in someone’s eyes, and that they could ultimately care less what kind of personality the person has, as long as they’re beautiful.
This is, of course, not speaking for everyone, but just a mentality that some people hold.

13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”
Was this plan strictly coming from Abram? Was he going with his gut instinct? It seemed to work well, in the end, but it would be nice to know where this intuition came from. A voice outside of his own being? His own conscience? The Lord Himself? Well, it’s probably not the Lord since if it was so, then that would imply that the Lord directly told Abram to lie, and that’s not righteous or holy, correct? God is Truth, so it wouldn’t make sense for Him to guide someone else into lying.
14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.
15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house.
16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
Wow, so just because someone’s ‘sibling’ is BEAUTIFUL, they get to be treated like a “king” just to remain in good standing with the person they potentially want to pursue relationships with. Is that really what natural selection dictates? Do we not care what character a person has, but instead put all (most?) of our emphasis on looks?
17 But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
So… I have a bone to pick with our Lord. It is apparent that the Lord can dictate to whom He sends curses and plagues down into. He aimed deliberately for Pharaoh’s kingdom and his house, all because Abram lied to the Pharaoh about Sarai being his sister instead of his wife and that Pharaoh made an honest mistake. According to this account. So here’s the clueless Pharaoh, not even realizing why he’s being plagued (and I’m not stating that the Pharaoh is completely innocent in this dealing, by the way, because like Abram stated, perhaps they really would have killed him if they had known right away that he was Sarai’s husband) and it makes me wonder how much the Pharaoh believes in the same Lord that Abram does.
So my problem with this ordeal is that for God to initiate this very targeted attack on the Pharaoh for picking on His blessed family, it implies that God can do this to whomever He wants, whenever He wants, and for whatever reason He wants. So to still allow incredibly evil acts to run rampant instead of ‘smiting’ or sending down plagues against corrupted individuals, when they do TRULY awful things, is a very severe oversight and the reason for a lot of people not believing in God. I went through this very same phase when I was younger, thinking that if God exists, how could He allow such evil to continue? Of course, we don’t know all the mysteries and plans involved in this strange world and in our lives, and that ‘free will’ plays a huge part in the way our world is run, but for an almighty God to literally send plagues to an Egyptian ruler simply because he was misled in believing that a particular woman is single, meanwhile millions of kids are starving to death and being sold/trafficked to truly horrendous people – the comparison doesn’t even make sense.

18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?
19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.”

Even though lying is technically wrong, and satan himself is called Father of Lies, I’m wondering if there is truly a distinction between lying to manipulatively deceive someone, and lying for ‘the better good’. Abram’s lie was to protect himself because he knew, somehow, that he would be on the chopping block if the Egyptians realized that he was Sarai’s husband. And in so doing, he was also protecting Sarai from being kidnapped, essentially, to an unknown life that she may not be accustomed to or appreciate. So it does bring up the question if it’s ever okay to lie.
Some people bring up the fact that one of the 10 commandments is “Thou shall not lie”, but that’s not exactly what it says or implies. The actual commandment is, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. Meaning we shouldn’t slander or lie about our neighbor’s (fellow peoples) deeds. However, since Jesus Christ is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, it goes without saying that probably the best way to maintain righteousness is to stay in Truth. After all, if Abram was already being looked out for by God Himself, then Abram very well could have told the truth that he is Sarai’s husband, and no matter what the Egyptians tried to do to him, it wouldn’t pan out for them anyway.

20 So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

This was a very interesting look into the relationship between God and Abram, and how much the Lord really did to protect Abram and Sarai from possible subjugation of the Egyptians. It does bring up to question though if God still works this way on a personal level like He did back in these biblical times. And if He is working this way, perhaps many of us just don’t know about it.

As usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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