We hear much about how men are to be a spiritual covering for their wives. But, read what Abram did when he traveled down to Egypt to escape famine in his own land: “And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, ‘Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, ‘This is his wife’: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive. Say, I pray, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you” (Genesis 12:11-13).
So much for chivalry in the Old Testament. Abram had just asked his wife to lie for him so he could live. The result was that Sarai was taken into the Pharaoh’s harem. Only God’s intervention delivered her from from being violated.
What do you think of a man that would jeopardize his wife’s well-being like this? How do you think Abram and Sarai’s relationship grew (or was hindered) by this incident?