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Bible Notes

Genesis 17:3-8 (18.10.22)

Genesis 17:1-2 (NIVUK)
3 Abram fell face down, and God said to him, 4 ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.’

Rereading this today, I was struck by the last verse and how God takes Abram the foreigner and makes him Abraham the citizen. He and his descendents go from outsiders to insiders, from not belonging to belonging. Isn’t this what we all want at the end of the day, to belong?

Thank you Father that I can say through the promise to Abraham and the work of Christ, that I am yours and you are mine.

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