ASV notes on Genesis 17:6-8 and 17:12-14 and questions

Listen to God, a child is a blessing

In spite of you

Abraham descendants were to be Gods elected people, they were to be extremely fruitful, they became so fruitful that Pharaoh in Egypt in the period of slavery was afraid that they would be too many and take over the land. Remember this, to have children is a great blessing, God loves the child in spite of you, not because of you.

Followers

Our life with God is not being a leader; we can be whatever kind of a leader in a church. In the world, we might be a leader, but in Gods world, we are followers. God said; “Every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised” This command was new to Abraham, but for him it was simple, he just found out what it meant and did it. All from 8 days and up, he had circumcised and all meant all.

Questions

  1. Is your child your property?
  2. Will a child be a blessing to the parents?