The land of promise became arid and cracked, and food was in short supply, so Abram decided to move his family into the fertile land of Egypt for a while. When they entered the city, he pulled his wife aside for a briefing.
“It’s no secret that you’re stunningly beautiful,” he said to Sarai. “And when the Egyptians see you, they’ll kill me to get to you.” Then Abram suggested, “Tell them I’m your brother. That should neutralize the threat.”
As Abram predicted, Sarai’s matchless beauty arrested the attention of the people everywhere they went, and word of her fame soon spread to Pharaoh himself. Before long, Sarai found herself standing before the very god of Egypt in his own court.
Sarai became the newest installment in the royal harem, and Pharaoh treated Abram like a brother, giving him sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels, and slaves. Pharaoh, on the other hand, acquired nothing but a God-given illness. Putting two and two together, Pharaoh became wise and confronted Abram on the matter.
“What’s going on?” Pharaoh asked. “Why’d you lie about Sarai being your wife? Thankfully, I never laid a hand on her. Get her out of here so your God will clear the air and restore our health!”
Pharaoh’s officers escorted Abram and Sarai out of Egypt along with all their parting gifts.
Inspiration: Genesis 12