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Abram and Sarai

AbramThe Lord said to Abram which was a Hebrew name meaning "exalted father," in Genesis 12.1-4, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Abram obeyed God left his family roots and went into Egypt. Unfortunately, there were problems right from the start for Abram's wife Sarai's exceptional beauty was noticed by the Pharaoh. Pharaoh would have taken her as one of his wives had not Abram insisted that she was his sister. This was in fact partly true in that she was half-sister to Abram, her senior by ten years (Genesis 17.17), whom she married in Ur of the Chaldeans. Genesis 12.17 added that as a result the Lord punished Pharaoh saying, "But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai." We note that "Sarah", meant "a woman of high rank" or "princess" and was originally named "Sarai". Similarly, "Abraham" meant "high father of God" and was originally called "Abram" meaning "high father."

Abram Rescues Lot

Icon of Sarah (Sarai)Later Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured and went to Lot's rescue. Genesis 14.14 tells us, "When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan." Note that these trained men were soldiers within Abram's household. Abram was still without a son and heir at this point and complained to God in Genesis 15.3, 'You have given me no children, so a servant in my household will be my heir.'" The servant was again described as "one of his household."✞

"Abraham Wife Sarah"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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