So no matter how many times you read your Bible from beginning to end. When you start it again from the beginning, something new always stands out. So I've started from the Old Testament book, Genesis, that I've read before, and I didn’t notice until this time how God changed the names of Abram and Sarai, — to Abraham and Sarah. I thought their names were always— Abraham and Sarah. So that is another reason why we should continue reading our bibles, no matter how many times we have read it before, as we learn something new every time. Yes Amen 🙏.
So I’m going to share Genesis 17:1-16 which says,
” (1)When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am Almighty God; walk before me, and be blameless. (2)And I will make my covenant between me and you and will multiply you exceedingly. (3)Then Abram fell on his face and God talked with him, saying: (4)As for me, behold, my covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. (5)No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for i have made you a father of many nations. (6)I will make you exceedingly fruitful: and I will make nations of you and Kings shall come from you. (7)And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. (8)Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession and I will be their God. (9)And God said to Abraham as for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. (10)This is my covenant which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you. Every male child among you shall be circumcised. (11)And 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 child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. (13)He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. (14)And the uncircumcised male child who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant. (15)Then God said to Abraham, as for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai but Sarah shall be her name. (16)And I will bless her and also give you a son by her, then I will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."
Yes Amen 🙏 . So anyway the Lord told Abram, I am Almighty God: walk before me, and be blameless.
And God has the same message for us today. We are to obey the Lord in every respect because he is God, the Lord Almighty. God is the only one with power and God does meet all our needs, so we should want to be obedient to our good Father God who loves us unconditionally, God is so worthy. So anyway God revealed to Abram several specific parts of his covenant.— God would give Abram many descendants.— And many nations would descend from him.— God would maintain his covenant with Abram’s descendants.— And God would give Abram’s descendants the land of Canaan. So anyway God changed Abram to Abraham, (Father of many). Shortly before the promised son was conceived. So from this point on the bible calls him Abraham.
So anyway God required circumcision, as a sign of obedience to him in all matters and as a sign of belonging to his covenant people. Once circumcised there was no turning back, the man would be identified as a Jew forever. As a symbol of” cutting off” the old life of sin, purifying one’s heart, and dedicating oneself to God. Circumcision, more than any other practice, separated God’s people from their heathen neighbors. In Abraham’s day, this was essential to develop the pure worship of the one true God.
Yes, Amen 🙏 Glory And Honor to our God Almighty in Jesus Christ's precious mighty name.
Yes Hallelujah. Thankyou love always Joanne lamb xxx