Abram, called out of idolatry to follow the living God, is still growing in faith as we see him here. Even though he has great promises concerning the coming of Messiah from his line, he fears for his life when famine sends him down to Egypt. He commits a sin and causes his wife to sin also in deceiving Pharaoh. We see that the Lord judges Pharaoh, even though he was unaware of the relationship between Abram and Sarai. We also see that in spite of the sin that Abram committed, the Lord brought good out of it and prospered Abram.

We are challenged to trust the Lord and not allow the fear of man to drive us into sin. But we are also encouraged that even our lower spiritual states and our occasional lapses into sin will be used by the Lord for our ultimate good.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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