In many ways the life of Abraham is a picture of the life of faith of a believer in Jesus Christ. The Lord called Abraham to follow Him. And as long as He kept his eyes on the Lord, he prospered in his walk. But in those times he took his eyes off the Lord, the Lord called out to Abraham to draw him back.
It has been 13 years since the birth of Ishmael. Abram is now 99 years old; Sarai 89. And the Lord comes to Abram to confirm His covenant. He changes the name of Abram to Abraham, 'Father of a multitude,' and Sarai to Sarah, a constant reminder of the Lord's promise for an heir and a land. In addition to a new name, he promises a son, to be born within the year; a son to be named Isaac, meaning 'Laughter,' a reminder that both Abraham and Sarah laughed at impossible promise, along with the joy this child brought to such an old couple.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.