Today's reading: Genesis 17:1-27
Thirteen years pass from the end of Genesis 16 (and the birth of Ishmael) to the first verse of Genesis 17, and during this time Abram pushes faithfully onward. Chapter 17 begins with God appearing to Abram to institute a second covenant and put into action the covenant made with Abram in Genesis 15. This time when God speaks, however, He's more specific about the blessing being bestowed. He tells Abram that he will be the father of many nations through a son from Sarai, God changes Abram's name to Abraham and Sarai's name to Sarah, and God puts in place the covenant of circumcision. Abraham doesn't fully understand the "what's, why's, how's or when's" of what God is telling him (similar to Genesis 15). Yet, he listens to God, accepts everything that he is told and obediently acts on God's instructions.
What's the most meaningful lesson you learned or noticed from Abraham's example? When you don't fully understand how God is moving, what helps you keep your eyes on God and take Him at His word? Tami
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