Genesis 17 – Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision / Isaac’s Birth Promised

Genesis 17

Another very important chapter in the Bible. God continues his promises to Abram, and he changes his name to Abraham because he will be the “father of a multitude of nations.”  Sarai’s name is changed to Sarah, and God promises that she will bear him a son the next year. God also establishes the practice of circumcision, stating that every male will be circumcised at the age of 8 days. That very day, Abraham and all his household were circumcised as a sign of his covenant with God. Abraham’s immediate obedience is noteworthy.

(Side note: There is an interesting article on the significance of the 8th day at the website of Apologetics Press).

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