Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | November 26, 2021 | A father of many nations

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee fruitful - Genesis 17:2-13

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 17:11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 17:13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. – Genesis 17:2-13

Dearly beloved brethren, all human beings had the nature of Adam.

This nature of Adam is referred to in the Bible as adarmic nature, body of sin, hardened heart or stillnecked, and uncircumcised heart.

In addition it is also referred to as purity of heart , biblical holiness or sanctification.

1. Stony heart.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

2. stiffnecked

Deuteronomy 10:16
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Jeremiah 4:4
Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

 

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

3. uncircumcised in heart

Acts 7:51
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

4. Body of sin.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

5. Purity of heart.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

6. Sanctification.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

7. Biblical holiness.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

This circumcision of heart can only be done by God Himself.

Deuteronomy 30:6
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

God made a covenant with Abraham to circumcise every male child.

Genesis 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 17:13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

This was done to signify the circumcision of heart which the Lord would wants all His saints of all ages including you to have in the future.

Deuteronomy 30:6
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Colossians 2:11
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

This circumcision of heart enables you to love God with all your heart and it is referred to as the second work of grace after salvation.

Deuteronomy 30:6
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Beloved brethren, have you experienced this work of grace, this is because without it, no one shall see the Lord at the end of time.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

Beloved brethren, like Abraham circumcised himself and his household, you also must be sanctified or made holy by the Lord.

Genesis 17:23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. 17:24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17:25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 17:26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful – Genesis 17:2-13

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