In this particular passage of scripture, it talks about how God spoke to Abram, whom He later calls Abraham in this verse. God tells him that he and his wife, Sarai, whom He later calls Sarah in this verse, that they will give birth to a son in one year's time from when God spoke to Abraham. Now, because Abraham and Sarah were very old at this time (Abraham was 99 and Sarah would have been 89 at the time God spoke to them, which would make Abraham 100 and Sarah 90 by the time they would give birth to their firstborn son), Abraham laughed at the thought of that. However, God spoke again, and said that He will have Sarah give birth to a son. They were to call him Isaac, and God will make many nations through Abraham and Isaac.
Towards the end of this passage, God also demands Abraham to have any male at age 8 and up to be circumcised. But, what exactly does that all mean? I wasn't quite sure, so I did some digging around the internet to see if I could find some information.
...............Here is what I found................
I first looked up the definition of circumcision. I have heard it a couple times before and had an idea of what it meant, but wasn't sure. So here is the definition I found:
"Circumcision is the surgical removal of the prepuce of foreskin of a male. The word circumcised literally means 'to cut around" (paragraph 1).
Having the mind that I do, I still had to do some research to find out exactly what definition meant, also. I would share that here, too, but I don't want to offend anybody by going in detail what it means....so I'll just let you research it on your own ;) (If you look up the word "prepuce" or "foreskin", you will find more info.).
After finding out what "circumcision" really meant, I asked myself, why would God tell Abraham to do that?
So, I looked that up too.....
Basically, God told Abraham to do that simply to see if Abraham and all of his descendants at that time would obey God in doing what God asked of them. It was just another way for humans to show their appreciation in God, and that they will follow Him.
..............Here is a link to a website that I read that explains more on that..................
After researching this information, it definitely helped me to understand the purpose of this passage, and the meaning behind it. And, I hope it helped you, too...if you didn't know already! :)
"What does the Bible say about Circumcision? What is the Christian view of Circumcision? got questions?org. http://www.gotquestions.org/circumcision.html.