Genesis 12:17-19 New International Version (NIV)
But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 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!”
My first reaction to this verse was, ‘but why?’, ‘what wrong did Pharoah commit?’ To be fair, he had no idea of Abram’s lie so why did God not punish Abram directly? Instead, he inflicted the innocent with this deadly disease. We never seem to understand His ways.
I set out to seek the views of others and these are the common conclusions and themes that I came across:
1. Fulfill His promise to make Abram the father of all nations
Although Abram sinned, God forgave him as he always does with us. He did not decide to pull back his promise. I am sure anyone of us would not have hesitated to cancel the promise made.
God’s plans concerning you in life remains unchanged so press on towards your goal with confidence knowing God is with you along each step of the way.
2. Prevent Pharoah from sinning
Pharoah would have committed a great sin had he laid with Sarai. Same goes for Sarai, the sin of adultery which God frowns upon would have been committed. Would Abram have been able to forgive himself? How would Abram and Sarai relate after this? The infliction of the disease by God however prevented all this awkwardness.
In life we might come across some downs and stumbling blocks and may wonder if God really cares as we are made to believe.
The truth is you might be going through the worse to protect you from the worst.
3. Demonstration of his love irrespective of our sins
In the midst of all the lies and sins, we should be comforted by the fact that we have a loving and caring Father who is always ready to forgive us. His kind of love does not keep record of wrongs.