Genesis 17, What was the covenant?

Question: What exactly is the covenant? Ishmael was he part of the covenant since he was also circumcised? Answer: God's covenant with Abraham was that he would be the father of many nations (Gen 17:4). Ishmael was circumcised as a child of Abraham's household, and also was part of the way God fulfilled the promise of many nations coming from him. God also said in Gen 17:7 that the covenant was that He would be their God and they His people, so whether or not Ishmael was part of that was really up to him and his relationship with God. -PJ

SDS Normal Icon (5)