Religious Foundations in Judaism
In the first few books of the bible, much of the subject matter deals with God's 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 father's 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 Abram's 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 people's 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 nations...And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien,