In chapter 15 we have that great verse: “Abram believed the Lord and it was counted to him for righteousness.” He believed the Lord would give him an heir but decided to help Him along.
He and Sarai decided on their own plan. Without consulting the Lord. So we have Ishmael, and a warning to wait on the Lords timing and plan. Our ways are not the Lords ways.
Here we are Abram has loved, worshipped and obeyed the Lord for 24 years. He has heard the name of God from Melchizedek, and heard Gods voice in a dream. Now he will meet Him.
Names of God Bible (NOG)
The Lord’s Fifth Promise to Abraham
17 “When Abram was 99 years old, Yahweh appeared to him. He said to Abram, “I am El Shadday. Live in my presence with integrity. 2 I will give you my promise,[a] and I will give you very many descendants.”
Please read carefully, words mean things.
* The Lord (Yahweh ), appeared to Abram.
* Introduced Himself as El Shadday (Almighty God)
* The Lord said “live in my presence with integrity”. (walk before me and be ye perfect). “I will give you many descendants.”
Then we see how he reacts to meeting Almighty God for the first time:
3 “Immediately, Abram bowed with his face touching the ground, and again Elohim spoke to him, 4 “My promise is still with you. You will become the father of many nations. 5 So your name will no longer be Abram [Exalted Father], but Abraham [Father of Many] because I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will give you many descendants. Many nations and kings will come from you. 7 I will make my promise to you and your descendants for generations to come as an everlasting promise. I will be your Elohim and the God of your descendants. 8 I am also giving this land where you are living—all of Canaan—to you and your descendants as your permanent possession. And I will be your Elohim.”
Abram mets Almighty God:
* Abram bows down in Worship (didn’t happen when first meeting the Lord)
* Almighty God repeated the Lords promises
* Almighty God made no demands, He saw the love in Worship.
* Almighty God gave Abram and Sarai new names
9 “Elohim also said to Abraham, “You and your descendants in generations to come are to be faithful to my promise. 10 This is how you are to be faithful to my promise: Every male among you is to be circumcised. 11 All of you must be circumcised. That will be the sign of the promise from me to you.”
* Circumcision was Instituted
To me, this is the moment Abraham met Jesus, Worship, new names, circumcision of our hearts…only requirement is love.
15 “Elohim said to Abraham, “Don’t call your wife by the name Sarai anymore. Instead, her name is Sarah [Princess]. 16 I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and kings will come from her.” 17 Immediately, Abraham bowed with his face touching the ground. He laughed as he thought to himself, “Can a son be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, have a child?” 18 Then Abraham said to Elohim, “Why not let Ishmael be my heir?”
19 “Elohim replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. 20 I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.” 22 When Elohim finished speaking with Abraham, he left him.”
Abraham’s Household Circumcised
23 “So Abraham took his son Ishmael, everyone born in his household, and everyone bought with money—every male in his household—and circumcised them that day, as Elohim had told him. 24 Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised. 25 His son Ishmael was 13 years old when he was circumcised. 26 That same day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. 27 All the men of his household, whether born in the household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.”
Immediate obedience: Notice when the Lord first called Abram :
King James Version (KJV)
12 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”
The Lord had said : To me it seems the Lord had to mention it more than once. After years of service, he learned to follow immediately.