Genesis 17 (ESV)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” . . . Continue Reading
In the previous chapter, Hagar bore Abram a son whose name was Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six when he was born (Genesis 16:15-16). Genesis 17 opens with the Lord appearing to Abram thirteen years later when Abram was ninety-nine years old and tells him the promises He made in Genesis 15 are about to be fulfilled.
First, God identified Himself as “God Almighty” and then gives Abram two commands: to “walk before Me” and “be blameless” (Genesis 17:1).
Why should Abram walk before God and be blameless? Genesis 17:2 says so that God “may make My covenant between Me and you and multiply you greatly.”
Abram’s response? He fell on his face! I wonder if this is because he took a step to walk before God?
Then God tells Abraham what this covenant between them is, what He will do and what Abraham must do on his part. After God left, that very day, Abraham did as God commanded him. What was the first part of this covenant? “Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, 13 both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised” (Genesis 17:10-13). Ouch!
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,