Gods Story For Your Life
Several years have passed and still no child for Abram
and Sarai. But God
reassures Abram of his covenant promise, gives him
circumcision as its mark,
and changes his name to Abraham.
What’s in a
When Abram was ninety-nine years
old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am
Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I
will make a covenant with
you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless
At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my
covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of
What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram.
will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many
nations. I will
make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become
many nations, and
kings will be among them!” / (Genesis
Why did God repeat his covenant to Abram?
He had already mentioned this
agreement twice (Genesis 12 and 15). Here,
however, God was clarifying it and
preparing to carry it out.
revealed to Abram several specific parts of his covenant: (1) God would
Abram many descendants; (2) many nations would descend from him; (3)
would maintain his covenant with Abram’s descendants; (4) God would
Abram’s descendants the land of Canaan.
The terms were simple:
Abraham would obey God and circumcise all the males in
his household; God
would give Abraham heirs, property, power, and wealth. Most
balanced exchanges: We give something and receive something of
equal value in
return. But when we become part of God’s covenant family, the
receive far outweigh what we must give up.
To reaffirm these promises,
God changed Abram’s name (which means “exalted
father”) to Abraham (which
means “father of many”). From this point on, the
Bible calls him Abraham.
Abraham’s name served as a reminder of
The Lord told Abram, “I am
El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and
live a blameless life.”
God has the same message for us today. We are to obey
the Lord in every
aspect because he is God—that is reason enough. If you don’t
benefits of obedience are worth it, consider who God is—the only one
power and ability to meet your every need.