Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,“ As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I always think about the name change that occurs for Abram. Changing a name in ancient times meant that there was meant to be a change in your relationship with God; it meant that a new thing was happening for you in your life. I often think about my own relationship with God and how cool it would be to have a name change—a way to indicate to others that something new was happening in my relationship with God, that I had turned over a new leaf, and from here on out things were going to be different. Think about your own relationship with God. Have you ever felt there needed to be a name change to signify that there was something new happening in your life?
God of Sarah and Abraham, long ago you embraced your people in covenant and promised them your blessing. Strengthen us in faith, that, with your disciples of every age, we may proclaim your deliverance in Jesus Christ to generations yet unborn. Amen.