Summary: Abram to Abraham.
Gen 17:1-14 Abram to Abraham.
I. The Revelation. 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
i. The Timing - when Abram was ninety years old and nine 99
ii. The Testing - the LORD appeared to Abram,
iii. The Teaching - and said unto him, I am the Almighty God;
I am God all-sufficient - made known to us in Jesus Christ.
There is enough in Him to meet all our need, both sinners & saints
"Look unto Me; I am God all-sufficient."
iv. The Training - walk before me,
v. The Trusting - and be thou perfect.
(a) A Revelation Of His Person - "the Almighty God" "El-Shaddai". "Nourisher; Strengthener; Satisfier." the "All-sufficient One".
(b) A Revelation Of His Power - "the Almighty God"
i. The Ability Declared "El" - "the Strong One,"
"Shaddai" - "to be strong" All-powerful and able to do anything.
ii. The Attitude Demanded - "Since I am the Almighty God,
you should walk before Me, and live a life worthy of Me."
1 Pet 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy
iii. The Adoration Deserved 3 And Abram fell on his face:
(c) A Revelation Of His Promise - 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. (d) A Revelation Of His Plan - 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. "Abram" - "Exalted Father", to "Abraham" - "Father Of A Multitude". No wonder Abraham worshiped the Lord!
2. The Commission. "Walk before Me, and be thou perfect." Not before Sarah - before Me
(a) Affecting His Life. "Walk before Me."
Live in the immediate presence of God Almighty.
(b) Affecting His Love. "Be thou perfect." - be whole-hearted.
Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
(c) Affecting His Loyalty. 2 I will make my covenant between me and thee
1 Cor 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(d) Affecting His Labour. 2 and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
3. The Submission. 3 "And Abram fell on his face"
Job - I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Mary - said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her
Thomas - answered, My Lord and my God.
Paul - trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
John - And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.
4. The Transformation - 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. - Abram, the exalted, is changed into Abraham, the fruitful.