Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
The Covenant of Circumcision
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty [a] ; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram [b] ; your name will be Abraham, [c] for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God."
9 Then God said to Abraham, "As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."
Once again, God reminds Abram about their covenant. He changes his name to Abraham, which means "father of nations." From now on, the Bible will call him Abraham. Once again, God promises the Land of Canaan to Abraham.
Why would God require the covenant of circumcision? There are several reasons. The first is a sign of obedience to God, in all matters. God required blood in the covenant, and a symbol that would separate "his people from the other peoples. Circumcision is final and distinctive. It also was a symbol of "cutting off the old life of sin.
This would separate the Jewish from the rest of the world more than anything else. He commanded that all males from Abraham on down be circumcised, or the covenant would be broken.
How do we show the world that we are in covenant with God? It doesn’t have to be a physical mark, but God requires us to show the rest of the world that we are marked by Him. People should be able to look at you and say "there is one of God’s followers. How will you show that mark?
Prayer-Lord, help me show the world that I am in covenant with you. Mark me and be with me always. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do- Read Genesis 17:15-27, think about what today’s lesson mean to you.