Genesis 17 Devotional Commentary

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Genesis 17:1

Little by little throughout Scripture, God gently and gradually unveils His gracious character and His eternal attributes, first to one person and then to another. To David, God proved Himself to be his Shepherd. To Hagar, God was revealed as the all-seeing One. He became a Banner and Standard to the wandering Israelites in the wilderness, and to the frightened Gideon He became Shalom - the Lord is my Peace.

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Genesis 17:5

Sometimes we forget that Abraham, that great man of faith, was named Abram for much of his life. It was not until he reached a certain point along life's spiritual journey of faith, that the Lord changed his name from Abram to Abraham. He was 99 years old when the Lord told him, "No longer shall your name be called Abram. Your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations."

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