An Unfamiliar look at a familar guy

Once upon a time there was a man named Abram. The Lord spoke to him and said“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing." (Gen 12: 1 -2). So Abram thought about it, decided that the Lord had some strong points but leaving behind his whole family would be a stretch and so Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son ,... (Gen 12:5)

On his journey south he hit popular spots like Bethel and Ai and then there was famine and he ended up in Egypt. Now Sarai is PHAT (physically hot and tempting) and Abram knew that even though the Lord told him to move, the Lord wouldn't really be able to protect his wife or provide for him so he decided that pimping his wife would be more financially beneficial and so he said to Sarai "So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.”(Gen 12: 13 NLT)

And sure enough, Abram's plan worked  and "When the palace officials saw her, they sang her praises to Pharaoh, their king, and Sarai was taken into his palace.  Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. (Gen. 12:15-16 NLT)

Unfortunately nothing lasts forever and Abram's half truth was found out and then they were all kicked out of  Egypt. To add insult to injury, Lot's servants and Abram's servants started quarreling because there wasn't enough grass for all the animals to feed on. Lot took the better portion of the land and Abram was let in the sticks.  A couple of years later Abram had to prepare for war and go and rescue Lot from some shady kings from the East. After the battle was won, does his ungrateful nephew thank him? No. He moves into Sodom and Gomorrah. whew (if only he had listened to the Lord and left Lot behind maybe he wouldn't have had to deal with this in the first place).

Anywayz life settles back down to semi-normal,  the Lord makes a covenant with Abram about kids and descendants, but Sarai is fixated on this new technique that trumps invitro-fertilization. Abram thought once more about the Lord's promise, realized that Sarai's servant Hagar would help speed things up so he pops a viagra pill and get's busy with Hagar.

13 years later, the Lord speaks to Abram, actually He appears to him, changes his name to Abraham, promises a child to post menopausal Sarah (also renamed) and blesses him. Lot pops back into the picture and Abraham intercedes for the townspeople of Sodom and G . Unfortunately Abraham sucks at bargaining, didn't go low enough and so Sodom and G is burnt to the ground.

Lot's family flees, his wife forgot her Jimmy Choo's shoes turns around turns into salt. His daughters wanted kids, got their father drunk and slept with him. Incest, whew (if only Abraham had followed the Lord we might have been spared this mess with the Ammonites and the Moabites (Lot's children/grandchildren) that became a constant torn in the side of the Isrealities)

If only

Anywayz, Abraham traumatized by all this mess, moves to Gerar, pimps his wife AGAIN to King Abimelech. He was found out AGAIN, of course and then he turns around and blesses Abimelech.
He moves again, Sarah gives birth to Isaac, he banishes Hagar and Ishmeal (his viagra child) and lives happily ever after???


You see Abraham, like me, still doesn't get it. He likes to have a back-up plan. He likes to help God be God and so " ... it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am."  (Gen. 22: 1 KJV)

The Lord said, take your ONLY son and go chop off his head.
Abraham woke up the next morning and took his ONLY son, without telling his interfering beautiful wife Sarah what really was going down, and headed for Mount Moriah.

Isaac thinks his father doesn't have it all together, so respectfully he inquires about the sheep for the sacrifice.
This is the perfect opportunity for Abraham to pause, agree with Isaac about the insanity of this quest and turn around.
This is usually the time Abraham pulls out his hat a lamb or some other back up plan to assist the Lord but surprisingly enough he finally gets it and says "son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Gen 22:8)

He finally gets it
and we know how the story ends
how Abraham lives happily 

but here is another unfamiliar part we gloss over
(Gen 22:11 MSG) Just then an angel of God called to him out of Heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!"   "Yes, I'm listening." 

what would have happened if Abraham wasn't listening?
what would have happened if Abraham was too ticked off at God to listen to him that day?
what would have happened if the last thing Abraham heard from the Lord was that he should kill sacrifice his son?

Abraham would have killed Isaac and believed he was following the will of God

so in conclusion
back up plans are wonderful for your peace of mind but always back fire when God is concerned
Faith is easy and cool when you have a back up plan.
Faith is hard and involves total surrender when you don't have one.
Listening is crucial at every point, every single point in your walk with God.

goodnight y'all

unless otherwise noted the translation is NKJV


Rainyjoy said...

hi kafo, oh how i enjoyed reading your version of Abraham's story,lol but i get the message you were trying to pass across and that is being sensitive to the voice of God.

God is always speaking and if we don't endeavor to keep that antenna of the ears in our heart alert, we might just miss His last instruction and this can be dreadful, phew !

God please do help us to be sensitive enough to hear You at every moment of the day. Amen

God bless you for sharing.

eni.ola said...

2nd... I'm 2nd yeeeey!

"Unfortunately Abraham sucks at bargaining, didn't go low enough and so Sodom and G is burnt to the ground"... now that got me smiling

Rainjoy says it well "God is always speaking" we've just got to always listen and surrender.

Now post was nice... more like it?

Mwajim Al said...

I'm bummed. I think this post was meant for me. Thanks.

disgodkidd said...

standing speechless...

Kafo said...

@ disgodkidd: GIG: God is good

@ Mwajim Al: God works in mysterious ways sometimes I come to blogville, read a post and realize that the Spirit directs us to instruct us. Have a good weekend

@ eni.ola: i really liked writing this piece. I think i might do something like it once a month. taking a closer look at these Patriarchs and Prophets and even Kings

@ Rainjoy: GIG: God is good and writing this helped me realize He speaks I just need to listen

Jaycee said...

After many times, he still didn't get it. I really enjoyed the way you told the story, lol. Our father Abraham was just a human being like us. :)

PS: DID YOU KNOW I LOVED JEREMY CAMP (and that Walk by Faith song)...this babe, you make me love your blog. Have a blessed weekend dearie...God sees your heart.

Tisha said...

loved the story

if only i can be sure i am listening all the time.

at least now i am at peace

and i don't wonder if God truly speaks to His children
I know He does.

Tisha said...

lol @ "...the Lord wouldn't really be able to protect his wife or provide for him"

Kafo said...

@ Tisha: lol. It was verse about the goats, sheep and cattle that got me thinking Abram was a pimp. He knew he was going to get something out of it
tsk tsk

@ Jaycee: u need to hear Jeremy Camp Live Unplugged in Nashville. It is unbelievable, i listened and watched it and was blown away. Before I liked JEremy Camp but the honesty in that album blew my mind.

StandTall-The Activist said...

"Back up plans" can be good and can be bad but might be necessary through the wisdom God has deposited in us.

How are sis?

Vixen said...

Freakin' awesome sis. You should write a book:)v

Tisha said...

@ kafo
sarah must love abram a lot, he nearly gave her away and the bible doesn't say anything about her being pissed, lol!
Abram was not so perfect anyways afterall
that right?