10Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” 14When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.” 20And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.
The Bible is unique in its honesty with the sins of the heroes of the faith. Abraham is the greatest of all the Old Testament. Nevertheless, we are given an account in Genesis 12 that tells of him concocting a plan that included lying about who Sarah was, possibly involving Sarah in sexual relations, concubinage and who knows what else, because of his fear of Pharaoh.
We should not rejoice that Abraham did these things, but we should be drawn to see that even Abraham needed the grace of God. No one, not even the greatest hero of the faith in all the Old Testament, escapes the need for the death of Jesus Christ in order to be saved from his sin.
Abraham was a sinner saved by grace and because of his faith in God was credited with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, just like everyone else who will ever make it to glory with Him. All who were saved in days gone by, are being saved now, or will be saved at some point in the future, are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
What a marvel the work of God, in Christ, is. How can we not live for Him? And how can we not strive for the purity that all who have Christ as their hope strive to attain?
Today, take some time to truly meditate on the Gospel of free grace and rejoice that God has done all that can be done to bring you to glory.