GENESIS Chapter 17 ABRAHAM – FATHER OF MANY NATIONS I. Introduction A. Abram and Sarai – helping the Lord. 1. Abram to take Hagar for a wife! 2. Sarai and Hagar developed a “dislike”. a) Began projecting blame. B. The Lord to take care of her and her son. 1. Abram and Sarai’s name changed. II. Genesis 17:1 A. Abram 86 years old when Ishmael was born! 1. El-Shaddai = “the Almighty God”! III. Genesis 17:2 th 5 A. time the Lord paid Abram a visit. 1. To help understand importance of covenant. IV. Genesis 17:5-17 A. Sarah’s womb was dead! 1. Made Abram laugh. 2. New name for Abram and Sarai. a) Abram = “high father” Abraham = “father of a multitude”. (1) “High Father” before Isaac is born. (a) His name, “father of a multitude”. (i) The Lord sees what we can become! B. Only the “sign” of the covenant. 1. Abram initiated the rite of circumcision as a SIGN of acceptance. a) Rite of circumcision no longer necessary. A. Abraham reverts to Ishmael. 1. The covenant will come from Sarah. a) Galatians 4:22-31 2. Abraham quick to respond. VI. Genesis 17:23-27 VII. CONCLUSION A. Hebrews 11:7-19 they 1. Abraham believed in the resurrection! a) Abraham and Sarah laughed when told would have a son. (1) In history a great man and woman of faith! 2. What has the Lord promised you that seems impossible?