Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

14 And when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the woman that she was very beautiful. 15 And the princes told Pharao, and praised her before him: and the woman was taken into the house of Pharao.

13 "My sister"... This was no lie; because she was his niece, being daughter to his brother Aran, and therefore, in the style of the Hebrews, she might truly be called his sister, as Lot is called Abram's brother, Gen. 14. 14. See Gen. 20. 12.

16 And they used Abram well for her sake. And he had sheep and oxen, and he asses, and men servants and maid servants, and she asses, and camels. 17 But the Lord scourged Pharao and his house with most grievous stripes for Sarai, Abram's wife. 18 And Pharao called Abram, and said to him: What is this that thou hast done to me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? 19 For what cause didst thou say, she was thy sister, that I might take her to my wife? Now, therefore, there is thy wife, take her, and go thy way. 20 And Pharao gave his men orders concerning Abram: and they led him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2 And he was very rich in possession of gold and silver. 3 And he returned by the way that he came, from the south to Bethel, to the place where before he had pitched his tent between Bethel and Hai: 4 In the place of the altar which he had made before; and there he called upon the name of the Lord.

Genesis: 12:14-20,13:1-3

Every now and then we read of incidents where bizarre tales of people keeping their spouses out of sight of others. The fearful act of shielding what we are afraid might be stolen away. Same could be said of children locked up and kept hidden. It may not be the same as what Abram did out of fear of loosing his life, where he ended up gaining instead. What would we have done if we were confronted by power to give your child or wife to suit their wants out of fear of loosing our life too. Would we make it seem that our wife or husband was our brother or sister to protect. Only difference, back then was different in how they stated it. We have no excuse whatsoever to make it seem as if our spouses don't belong to us unless we are seeking financial gain or a position of importance within the sphere of people. Then we will become known by a far different reason and it's not a pretty one either. Beauty in people brings out the animal in us it seems. We turn into ugly people when it's not done for God's will his intentions. Thinking about this don't we at times know that when we are loved and in love how beautiful we feel, and when we commit sin and live wrong how we tend to feel ugly at times. There is so much to think about in how we conduct ourselves and how we cherish those we love.

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