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Chapter Summaries: Genesis Chapter 17 Summary

Genesis Chapter 17 Summary

Genesis Chapter 17 Summary

Chapter 17 of the book of Genesis. Thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael the son of Abram, God appears to Abram. The Lord commands that he walk before God perfectly. God promises Abram he’d become a father of nations and changes his name to Abraham.

In addition to this, kings and great men will come out of him. God established His covenant with Abraham and with his seed after him and it is an everlasting covenant. There was one tiny stipulation.

A token or confirmation of the covenant. The token of the covenant was that every male child in his lineage must be physically circumcised at eight days following their birth. In order to be part of the covenant (promises), each male child “must needs” be circumcised.

Isaac to Inherit the Birthright Blessings

If not, they will be left outside of the covenant. Good news for Abraham and his wife Sarah (changed from Sarai). Abraham and Sarah were promised a child in a year’s time from this meeting with God (yes at age 99 for Abraham).

The child was to be named Isaac and will inherit the birthright. Abraham pleaded for Ishmael but to no avail. The chapter ends as Abraham circumcised his entire household, Ishmael and all his strangers and servants.

This is the summary of Genesis chapter 17!


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