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Religious Foundations in Judaism In the first few books of the bible much of the subject matter deals with Gods relationship with his people the Israelites God chose to first talk to Abram and made him an offer Go from your country and your kindred and your fathers house to the land that I will show you I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed said God From the initial offer it was clear God was on Abrams side if he would cooperate This must have been a strange encounter for Abram and surely took a lot of courage to follow through with Gods orders God makes this agreement with Abram and makes it so that Abram will have many descendants and they will all be his chosen people God vows to protect the Israelites and even punish those that stand in his peoples way God continuously tells Abram and his people that their descendants will near innumerable God had to be repetitive because it would have been natural for Abram to be suspicious God sealed the covenant when Abram was 99 years old He said to Abram As for me this is my covenant with you You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations No longer shall your name be Abram but your name shall be Abraham for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nationsAnd I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land where you are now an alien all the land of Canaan for a perpetual holding and I will be their God This was quite a promise but considering Abram always did Gods will
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