• Cut Off

    Genesis 17:14

    The visible/invisible church distinction and the reality toward which circumcision points make this discussion all the more meaningful. Today, consider your thoughts on church discipline. Do you understand the authority elders have to discipline those in flagrant sin? Understand that ...Read More

  • Native and Foreigner

    Genesis 17:11–13

    Like the rainbow given after the great flood, circumcision testifies to the Lord’s gracious salvation from judgment. The rainbow guarantees God will never totally flood the earth again and will thus preserve a portion of humanity from destruction. Circumcision reveals ...Read More

  • You and Your Offspring

    Genesis 17:10

    The believer’s children are set apart unto God. They will be the recipients of greater blessings than those outside the church, but they will also be held more accountable for their service to Christ (Luke 12:35–48). Are you raising your ...Read More

  • Keep My Covenant

    Genesis 17:8–9

    The New Testament tells us we can be sure we have a persevering faith in Jesus if we maintain right doctrine (1 John 2:22–23), love other Christians (3:14), and obey Christ’s commands (2:3–6). While we will not be perfect in ...Read More

  • Nations and Kings

    Genesis 17:6–7

    In his commentary, Matthew Henry tells us this passage teaches that “what God is himself, that he will be to his people: his wisdom theirs, to guide and counsel them; his power theirs, to protect and support them; his goodness ...Read More

  • Abraham

    Genesis 17:3–5

    As we have said time and again this year, all those with faith in Jesus are counted as one of Abraham’s true sons, just as Christ is the true seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:29). If we trust in the Messiah, ...Read More

  • Walk Before Me

    Genesis 17:1–2

    The Lord calls Himself “God Almighty” in Genesis 17 to remind Abram of the power He gives His people to walk before Him. Indeed, as John Calvin says, “There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that ...Read More

  • Through Promise

    Galatians 4:21–31

    John Calvin says Paul “is not inconsistent with the true and literal meaning; when a comparison was drawn between the Church and the family of Abraham. As the house of Abraham was then a true Church…the principal and most memorable ...Read More

  • A God of Seeing

    Genesis 16:13–16

    In His great love, God provided for His people what they could not provide for themselves: perfect righteousness in Christ. While we cannot give this great gift, we can spread His love by working to meet the needs of those ...Read More

  • The LORD Has Listened

    Genesis 16:11–12

    Terrorism and Islamic jihad can make it hard for Western Christians to look upon the children of Ishmael with love. Yet as the Lord will redeem people from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9–10), it is incumbent upon the church ...Read More