God’s Covenant with Abraham
God offered a covenant to Abraham. God chose Abraham and promised to bless him. Abraham agreed to obey and believe God. Because Abraham believed God, God’s special blessing rested on Abraham and his family.
This covenant between God and Abraham was very important. God wanted Abraham to remember the covenant always. So God told Abraham to become circumcised1 (Genesis 17:10-11). This circumcision was a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham. After this the children of Abraham always circumcised their boys.
10 You and your descendants must all agree to circumcise every male among you. 11-12 From now on you must circumcise every baby boy when he is eight days old, including slaves born in your homes and slaves bought from foreigners. This will show that there is a covenant between you and me.