Genesis 12 explained, meaning, and moral lessons.
Genesis 12 Meaning
The book of Genesis 12 tells the story of how God called Abraham to leave his father’s land and to a land He would show him. God promised to bless him and make a great nation out of him, and that everyone on earth will be blessed through him.
Abraham obeyed. He took his wife Sarah, Lot his nephew and all he had and left his father’s house.
It is one thing to receive an instruction from God, and it’s another to obey. More importantly, obeying promptly.
Delayed obedience is not obedience. Delayed obedience shows lack of trust, faith, and even love for God.
The second part of Genesis 12 talks about Abrahams encounter in the land of eygpt as he embarked on the journey as instructed by God.
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and 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 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Moral lessons from Genesis 12
One key lesson to learn from this passage is that you can be destined for a glorious destiny but, you have your path to play in order to bring to manifestion God’s Word concerning your life.
First of all, you need to believe the word and accept, and act on it immediately.
If Abraham had not believed God and taken a step of faith by acting on it, he wouldn’t have been the father of faith today. That was only possible because he obeyed.
therefore, obedience is a master key to a world of unlimited possibilities.