Chapter 12 opens with God telling Abram, "‘Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you'" (v. 1). God didn't tell him where to go, and Abram didn't question God; he just did what God told him to do. That is real faith in God! If only people today would show that kind of faith in God, we would live in a much better world. God knows everything and always has our best interest at heart. He will never lead us astray.
God made Abram several promises (vv. 2-3). First, He promised him that He would make him a great nation. Second, God said that He would bless him. Third, God told Abram that He would make Abram's name great. Fourth, God told him that He would bless those who bless Abram and curse those who curse him. Fifth, He told Abram that all the peoples of the earth would be blessed through him. That is quite a list of promises that God made to Abram.
So Abram left, as the Lord had told him, and set out for the land of Canaan. In verse 7, the Lord appeared to Abram and made him another promise: "‘To your offspring I will give this land.'" Abram traveled to the hills east of Bethel and, as the Bible says, Abram "pitched his tent" (v. 8).
There was a famine in the land and, evidently, it was quite widespread because God sent Abram to the land of Egypt. Before they entered Egypt Abram told his wife, Sarai, to say that he, Abram, was her brother. Abram was afraid the Egyptians would kill him and take Sarai because she was very beautiful. And, as Abram had guessed, when Pharaoh's officials saw Sarai and took her to Pharaoh, Abram was treated very well because of her. Abram was given sheep, cattle, donkeys, camels and servants. However, as you might suspect, Pharaoh's lust for Abram's wife did not please the Lord, and the Lord inflicted diseases on Pharaoh and his house. Pharaoh was angry when he found out the truth that Sarai was Abram's wife, and he sent Abram, Sarai and all of their belongings on their way.
This story teaches us that something bad always comes from lying. Usually it takes several lies to back up the first one, and after a while you can't keep your story straight! Lying always brings bad gain.
In the next lesson we will talk about Abram's nephew, Lot.Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the "Go to the Word" sheet, and may God bless you as you study His Word.
Genesis 12 Worksheet
"‘I will bless _____ who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.'"
What was Abram's first step of faith? "So Abram ____, as the Lord had told him" (12:4).
Abram took his family and all his possessions and set out for the land of ______ (v. 5).
The Lord appeared to Abram and promised him: "‘To your offspring I will give this ____'" (v. 7).
Abram traveled to _____ because there was a ______ in the land (v. 10).
Because Sarai was very _________, Abram feared that the Egyptians would take her and kill him (vv. 11-12).
So Abram told Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she was Abram's ______ (v. 13).
Pharaoh treated Abram well for Sarai's sake, and Abram acquired _____, ______, donkeys, ______ and servants (v. 16).
Because Pharaoh had taken Abram's wife, the Lord inflicted ________ on Pharaoh and his house.
Pharaoh was _____ when he found out that Sarai was Abram's wife, and he sent Abram, Sarai and all of their belongings on their way (vv. 18-20).
Memory Verse: "‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you'" (Genesis 12:3).
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Genesis 12:10 Genesis 12:14 Genesis 12:6 Genesis 12:9
Genesis 12:17 Genesis 12:20 Genesis 12:5 Genesis 12:8
"When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that ___ was a very Genesis ______
"Abram traveled through the land as far as the ____ of the great tree of Genesis ______
"But the Lord _________ serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household Genesis ______
because of Abram's wife Sarai."
"Now there was a ______ in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to Genesis ______
live there for a while because the famine was severe."
"He took his ____ Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had Genesis ______
accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out
for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.'"
"Then Abram set out and continued toward the _____." Genesis ______
"There he built an _____ to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord." Genesis ______
"Then Pharaoh gave orders about _____ to his men, and they sent him on Genesis ______his way, with his wife and everything he had."