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Hi Scott. I am reading through the bible and finding I have questions about things. Not deep theological questions, just simple ones to help me understand things. My first question is since Abraham lied to Pharaoh about Sarah being his wife, why did God plague Pharaoh and his house?

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Hi Sandra,

It's great to hear that you're reading through the Bible. We have access to God's Holy Word--His divine communication to us--and we so often overlook or downplay the value of that. Keep it up, keep learning, and let God daily transform you through the Scriptures.

I understand how that, when reading through the Bible, questions will arise. This is a good thing. And it's good to do some research and get clarification so that you can better understand God's message.

The passage in Genesis 12 is a good example. Genesis 12:17 says, " ... [T]he LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai."

It is easy to interpret God's treatment of Pharaoh and his household as a punishment and wonder why God would punish them for someone else's wrongdoing ... for something they did not even realize they were doing.

In reality, it does not appear as though God is punishing Pharaoh. The fact is that, unless God intervened, Pharaoh probably would not have known that what he was doing was wrong. And, in the process, God's plans may have been thwarted.

God's plan was to give Abram and Sarai a child and to make of him a great nation. This story is an example of God's providential intervention that ensured that, despite the error of Abram and Sarai, God's purposes were still accomplished.

There is another lesson here. That is that God has a greater purpose for everything, including suffering. See Romans 8:28, James 1:2-4.

Scott

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Scott Talbot

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I have studied the Bible and Bible-related topics since the time I was very young. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Bible, and a Master of Divinity degree. I enjoy delving into deep theological issues and always enjoy a healthy debate. But more importantly, I like working with people and helping them to find the answers that they are looking for. And I am convinced that these answers are available in the Bible.

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By the grace and mercy of God, I have been saved, born again, adopted into the family of God. God has given me a love for the Bible, and for Bible-related subjects. In addition, He has blessed me with ongoing training in the Scriptures, from my youth on up. The more I learn about God through His Word, the more I want to share!

Organizations
Campus Crusade for Christ, Grace Church at Willow Valley

Education/Credentials
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College - B.S. Bible & Pastorology; Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary - M.Div.

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