Devotion for February 9, 2018

GENESIS 17:1-9

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham,[a] for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants[b] after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”

The Mark of the Covenant
9 Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

Again, the Lord makes a covenant with Abraham, who up to this point had been called Abram. God gives Abram his new name and declares that he will be the father of many nations, that his children will be fruitful, and that his children will be kings. Abraham is now 99 years old and God is still expanding upon His original promise to him.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does God ask Abram to do as part of the terms for the covenant in v1?

Q: In v9, what does God require as part of the terms of His covenant?

Q: Abraham was 99 before God revealed to him the full extent of His blessing. In the meantime, Abraham was faithful and obedient (and imperfect), what simple act of faithfulness and obedience can you begin today to honor God for the promises He has made to you?

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