“God Almighty” here is El Shaddai in Hebrew which means “Great Mountain.” How might this name apply to all we know about Abram’s story so far?
Think about the word “covenant.” What are some other words that have the same or similar meanings?
We use the word “contract” today, which has many of the same connotations as covenant. What do you know about a contract? In what ways is the covenant or contract that God made with Abram the same or different from your knowledge of contracts?
Why would God choose Abram/Abraham for this great covenantal honor?
What was the purpose of the act of circumcision?
Where else in the Bible do we see name changes?
Why are names so important to God? Can you think of other times/places in scripture where names or naming are important?
Have you ever felt as Abraham did when he bowed down in adulation/obedience, but laughed in disbelief? (vs. 17) What can we take away from this?
Was Abraham confused, disbelieving, being sly or something else, when he asked God to bless Ishmael? What are your thoughts?
Did anything stand out in your reading today that you could share with someone else?