In Egypt as in many other kingdoms at that time, everything was about the leader, in this case Pharaoh, his power, his army, his battles and his wellbeing including his harem. Abraham knew all that and we can well understand why he asked Sarah to say she was his sister.
Pharaoh made Abraham richer than he already was. Abraham became a small moving city, with transportation, donkeys and camels, working labours, slaves or servants. When Abraham moved it was a huge caravan that needed to be well organised. When Abraham settled down somewhere and builded an Alter for his God, people around noticed it, they knew who Abraham was and they knew that he worshipped only one God.
God had said that He would bless Abraham and his seed, and bless them that blessed him, and curse them that curse him; God’s protection surrounded Abraham, This protection did not depend on Abraham, but on the integrity of God’s Word. God punished Pharaoh, the innocent part in this matter and Pharaoh gave Sarah back to Abraham and acknowledged that Abraham’s God was a great God. You are not perfect either, but in Jesus you are a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and you are already blessed, Ephesians 1:3.
Pharaoh commanded his soldiers to escort Abraham away from Egypt; I think Pharaoh thought that then this “great and terrible God” also would leave together with Abraham.
Questions to consider
- Why did Abraham ask Sarah to say that she was his sister?
- Why did Pharoh make Abraham richer than he was before?
- Why did Abraham build an Alter?
- Who was the guilty party in the matter between Pharoah and Abraham?