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Read Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Read Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right. 2I will make my covenant with you and give you many descendants.” 3Abram bowed down with his face touching the ground, and God said, 4“I make this covenant with you: I promise that you will be the ancestor of many nations. 5Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham,n because I am making you the ancestor of many nations. 6I will give you many descendants, and some of them will be kings. You will have so many descendants that they will become nations.
7 “I will keep my promise to you and to your descendants in future generations as an everlasting covenant. I will be your God and the God of your descendants.
15 God said to Abraham, “You must no longer call your wife Sarai; from now on her name is Sarah.o 16I will bless her, and I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become the mother of nations, and there will be kings among her descendants.”
17 Abraham bowed down with his face touching the ground, but he began to laugh when he thought, “Can a man have a child when he is a hundred years old? Can Sarah have a child at ninety?”


Abraham is called out of his homeland to start a new nation.  Through this nation the world will come to know about the goodness of God.
Abraham submits to God (bowing down with his face touching the ground) through this submission the world may be blessed.


Lord, thank you for Abraham who bows down to you - and is lifted up to be blessed by you.  Help me to bow down so that you may bless the world through me.

5 17.5: Ro 4:17
n abraham: This name sounds like the Hebrew for “ancestor of many nations”.
17.7: Lk 1:55
o sarah: This name in Hebrew means “princess”.

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