The Covenant of Circumcision
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
K.J.V. Bible Text
God appeared to Abram when he was niney-nine years old. The sight of God caused Abram to fall facedown.
Instructing Abram to walk before him faithfully and be blameless, God established a covenant with Abram to greatly increase his numbers. Once again, he promised Abram that his descendants would be given everlasting possession of the land of Canaan where Abram then lived as a foreigner. God promised Abram he would be the father of many nations and that his descendants would number many kings among them. Because he would be the “father of nations” God told Abram to change his name to Abraham.
Have you noticed that God has made this same promise to Abram several times? Did he do this because over time Abram’s faith began to weaken?
When I think about those questions I am reminded that if my own faith weakens I can always go to the Bible to read once more his promises to me.
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