WED. JUNE 22 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 17 – PASTOR JOHN HOST

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Genesis 17

The Covenant of Circumcision

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 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. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

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.”

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.[d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.

23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day. 27 And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.

 

Devotional

Genesis 17
Our journey in faith. Relationships. Don’t they always start off a little bit shaky? You’re unsure, you want to know more about that person. As the relationship progresses it will become stronger, you trust that person more, you rely on them more and eventually realize you can’t live life without them.
Abrams relationship with God started off a little shaky. Yesterday he tried to help God along by doing things his way… speed up the process, but God gets him back on track again and makes this covenant with him.
The Abrahamic covenant. An outward sign of circumcising to set them apart symbolizing cleanliness before God. In the New Testament it is not a requirement. The outward circumcision of the body becomes an inward circumcision of the heart. By trusting Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross starting this journey with God.
At this point God changes his name to Abraham and Sarai Becomes Sarah. This is a renewed life and covenant moving forward promising them many blessings to come.
His family would prosper; he would become the father of many nations; Christ and kings would come through his lineage; all nations would be blessed by his seed; this covenant would be everlasting.
The very first verse says “I am the God almighty”.  NOTHING It’s too difficult for God. Abraham laughed at God. OK kind of crazy we’re in our 90s, don’t think we can have kids but OK I will trust you. The issue isn’t can God do it but do we have faith enough to trust in the power of God. Never laugh at God because he will always prove you wrong.
He wants us to seek his will. Be a person of good morals and love other people. Obey him and do what’s right because when God says some thing he will follow through. Focus on God not your problem. God‘s promises will be fulfilled. If he said it he will do it. Wherever you are on your journey of faith it will and can grow as your relationship builds with Jesus. If he was faithful then he will be faithful now.
So my question today is:
Where are you in relationship to this Journey?
If you’re at a rest stop, get back on that road and continue. Do whatever you have to do to restart that journey.
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️
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