Verses: Jeremiah 9 & 10|1 Timothy 3| Psalms 113:7| Genesis 12:10| Genesis 16:3
Topic: LIVING ABOVE MISTAKE (PT3)
Text: “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” (Genesis 12 :10).
The first shot Abram had towards error was his decision to move to Egypt. The scripture uses an unusual word “down” to describe covenant children whenever they Journeyed to Egypt. The scripture above says: “and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there” (Genesis 12 :10). Anytime a child of God moves out of the path of God’s counsel, he or she is moving down. The desire of God is to lift His children up and not down. “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill” (Psalms 113 :7).
Abram and his wife went down to sojourn in Egypt for ten years and as they were leaving Egypt, Sarai decided that Hagar (an Egyptian young lady), would be a good companion. It was bad enough that they moved out of God’s plan and went down to Egypt, that an Egyptian stuck with them was what defied logic. You could see another similar emotional pattern again in Abram when God instructed him to leave his father’s house. Scripture records that he took Lot his cousin along.
Abram must have reasoned…If I don’t take him (Lot) along, no one would care for him.Apostle J. Suleman
When Sarai was leaving Egypt, she became too emotionally attached to Hagar (thinking she had been empathic with her for ten long years). Thereby, making it too painful to separate from her. It is not for nothing that the scripture emphasizes where Hagar came from every time her name was mentioned (Genesis 16 :3). Regardless of how long Hagar had lived with Abram and Sarai, her citizenship was unaltered; she remained an Egyptian to the bone. Do not be deceived by the gentility or friendliness of an “Egyptian” it is a facade to deal terribly with you at an opportune time.
My Father, as I pray now, help me to remain in the right location and guard me against the wrong company in life in the name of Jesus.
About this book
Book: RHEMA FOR LIVING, OFM DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE. Author: APOSTLE PROF. JOHNSON SULEMAN. Date: 23RD OF OCTOBER 2019.