Genesis Chapter 17
When Abram turned ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,
I am Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless. Meaning: with nothing to hide. And I will make my covenant between Me and you, and will multiply your generation."
Abram fell on his face, and God conversed with him saying: "As for Me, behold, My covenant (Pledge, promise.) is with you, and you will father many nations. No longer will you be called Abram you will be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make your generation fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in your generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you." God went on to grant Abraham and his descendants after him throughout generations through agreement land in which they were a strangers, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession and God vowed to be their God. He asked that Abraham and his descendants keep his covenant throughout their generations. God shared that this is His covenant in which Abraham should keep, between him and God. God instructed Abram and his descendants after him; that every male child among him should be circumcised in the flesh of their foreskins, and it became a sign of the covenant between Abraham and God. God made clear that baby boys eight days old He will be circumcised, all-male children in his generations, little male babies born in his house and babies born through servants brought with his money from any foreigner who was not from Abraham's bloodline must be circumcised, and that His covenant shall be in Abraham's generation to maintain and everlasting covenant. God revealed that the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, will be cut off from his people due to His broken covenant.
God instructed Abraham to tell his wife Sarai, (Out of blessings & respect.) Will change her name to Sarah. And God kept his word blessing her by giving her a son, blessing her to become a mother of nations; in which kings came from her.
At the time Abraham was doubtful due to his old age. In laughter he fell on his face and said in his heart, " Will a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old?" And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, give birth to a child?" Abraham asked perhaps in understandable fear, not fully understanding God's purpose for his life, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You! (Meaning: God, can't you use Ishmael."
God denied Abraham's request. Explaining that his wife Sarah will-have a son, and that they will call their son Isaac; through Isaac God established His covenant
with Isaac, and go on to keep an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. God had compassion for Ishmael, blessing him as well, through Abraham's plea. (Note that God respectfully blessed Hagar's son as well. And note, that Hagar, was a former slave.) God made Ishmael extremely-fruitful as well. Ishmael went on to produce twelve princes, and God made him a great nation. However, His covenant took root with Isaac, born through Sarah, given through a set time the following year. After the future knowledge given to Abraham God went up from him.
Afterwards Abraham did everything that God asked, taking his oldest son Ishmael who was thirteen at the time to be circumcised along with all of the males born in his house, he did everything-God instructed, that very-same day, Abraham was circumcised as well. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised.
Why Did Abraham's Generation Have To Be Circumcised???
It may have to do with sacrifice. In this world we do what pleases our flesh. Drinking, sexual desires, eating, anything that pleases us outwardly is known as fleshly desires.
Circumcision served as a reminder to strip away the flesh, in order to connect with God's calling from the inside which is the root of the spirit. In order to connect with the Holy Spirit, one must deny the flesh. Circumcision does not mean that men took note of this reminder. Eventually man was and is tested through the desires/motives of the heart.
PART TWO- GENESIS- THE GOOD BOOK
Genesis Chapter 16 Hagar and Ishmael
Baby Mama Drama
Please note that Genesis part two does not refer to the Bible. Part two is the section of this-online Bible blog, which was designed to help those who are looking to understand the Bible in a simple light.
The Sign of The Covenant
(Hagar and Sarai )
The First Signs of Baby Mama Drama Took Place Many-Years Ago!
Abram's wife, Sarai, had no children by Abram. ( I'm sure insecurity set in sense Sarai was older. Sarai probably longed to give Abram a son. I feel that Sarai did what any helpless woman would do, she looked for a surrogate mother.)
Sarai had an Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. Sarai pushed Abram into believing that God, was not going to bring a child through her womb. She told Abram to impregnate her servant Hagar. Sarai gave Hagar to Abram to be his wife, after Abram had lived in the land of Canaan for ten years. So Abram did as his wife asked and impregnated Hagar. When Hagar saw that she had conceived, she hated Sarai.
( One can only imagine Hagar's anger.
Sarai probably chose the most beautiful, young and strongest servant that she had to conceive a child for her. Being a young woman, Hagar must have felt robbed. Surely Hagar did not want to have an intimate relationship with some old man, and once she became pregnant, the thought of having her body go through the pain of birth for the plan of some other woman, most likely angered her to the sheer point of hate.) Later on the Bible reveals that Sarai, did go on to give birth to her own- child named Issac. And of course jealousy arose among both women. Which is revealed later on. Both women shared the same man that fathered their sons. Even though it was Sarai's unfaithful plan forcing the relationship between her husband and her maid, she still dealt with the desire of wanting Issac to have his father all to himself. Understanding that jealousy can be an evil root among women, especially- women that have a child by the same man, can be hard to bare. It takes plenty of patience, understanding and prayer to overcome the power of jealously. Even until this day baby mama drama and jealousy over take the media through talk shows.
Genesis Chapter 16 Vs. 5
Sarai went to Abram in guilt saying, "My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me."
Abram being a devoted husband to his wife Sarai, told her to deal with Hagar, in her own way due to Hagar's anger.
In return to Hagar's resentment Sarai dealt with her in such a harsh way that Hagar ran away from her.
The Angel of the Lord found Hagar by a spring of water in the wilderness on her way to Shur. And he said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from and where are you going?"
Hagar told the Angel that she was running away from her mistress Sarai. The Angel of the Lord said to her, "Return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hand." The Angel of the Lord said that he would multiply her descendants exceedingly, too many to count. Going on to say, "Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son, and you shall call him Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction, ( Great Suffering.) Ishmael will be a wild man; His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And he shall live in the presence of all his brethren. ( Men who are like brothers, within his same belief.)
Hagar called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?"
The well was called Beer Lahai Roi;" Observe, (meaning: heed, honor, respect, notice, significant, discern, perceive, obey, follow, accept, fulfill.) This well is between Kadesh and Bered.
So Hagar returned and bore Abram a son and Abram named his son, through Hagar, Ishmael.
Abram was eighty-six years old when Ishmael was born.
Note: that even an Egyptian Slave can receive God's promise, and from there, become a queen in her own right, through the power of faith.