Gen 18:16-19 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And YHVH said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of YHVH, to do righteousness and judgment; that YHVH may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Germany and Austria have banned religious circumcisions on Jewish male babies, and on Muslim males. In California, attempts have been made to also ban circumcision. Those decision-makers and complying hospitals and doctors think that cutting the foreskin of an 8-day-old baby causes “grievous bodily harm”, and that it is a denial of those persons’ civil liberties to impose on him a religious practice of faith by their parents. What if, when the Jewish person would be old enough to understand, he would have wanted to be circumcised by his parents as part of their covenantal obligations to keep the covenant (not to mention how much more it will hurt when done after infanthood!)?
Circumcision is a sign of YHVH’s covenant with Abraham and his descendants, especially those of Isaac and of Jacob. In other words, this early shedding of blood is a sign which Jewish people have practiced for 4000 years now to identify with their belonging as a particular people to the God who chose them to be His people and inheritance. I do not have any negative recollections about my own circumcision, and I am glad and thankful to know that I am part of this rich heritage from the Creator of the Heavens and Earth for His “peculiar people”, the Children of Israel.
California, Germany, Austria, and many others do not seem to mind killing unborn babies and causing untold pain and grief not only to them, but also to the mothers and others involved in the innocent blood shed. (Meanwhile, in countries like Zambia where HIV/AIDS is rampant and ruining the lives of too many people, they are encouraging voluntary circumcision by males as a preventative health measure, on the basis of the findings that circumcised males are less likely to contract the virus.)
Will not God hold them accountable for not doing or allowing what He does say, and for doing or approving what He says not to? Woe to the spirit of Pharoah which arrogantly defies the God of the Hebrews by saying, “Who is YEHOVAH that I should hear and obey His voice. . .”?!
May many Jewish and Gentile people, and Christians, too, repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who suffered untold pain in shedding His innocent blood on account of our sins, that whosoever believes in His name should receive forgiveness and salvation unto the glory of God our Father.
Some of you were with us for E’s circumcision, and it is good to have another occasion to celebrate together the LORD our God, both during this week of Succot (the Feast of Booths, or of Ingathering), and also in remembering His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by the circumcising of our second son, T Shimon. (T’s means ‘dew’, and his middle name, Shimon, is a testimony of our faith that the promised inheritance to Simeon, Jacob’s son and the Tribe of Israel, will be fulfilled: he will inherit Beer Sheva in the apportionment of the Land of Israel after Yeshua returns to set up His kingdom. Our prayer is that T will have a better inheritance in Christ by being born-again before the Lord returns.)
The circumcision of the flesh of every male Jew is a symbol both of God’s covenant and also of His ways of fulfilling His promises and purposes for His treasured people Israel. Succot is a testimony of a people at peace with their God – a people whose heart has been circumcised – whose soul has been afflicted, and then refreshed and revived through God’s gracious atonement for sin – and among whom YHVH is pleased to dwell in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Randi and I are circumcising T as his parents in willing obedience to the LORD and to His honor and glory. But it will amount to nothing if either we or T should place any confidence in the flesh and unless T should circumcise himself to the only wise God and Savior through personal faith and in a spirit of meekness.
Jacob will know the blessings of the covenant when, as Israel, he becomes a true son of Abraham, being justified through personal faith in God Almighty, Who can raise the dead to life in order to fulfill His Word. As it is written, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Gen 21:12; Rom 9:7) “He (Jesus Christ) shall see His seed and the travail of His soul, and be satisfied.” (Is 53:10-11) “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise.” (Ps 51:19 Heb.)
Gen 17:1,7,10-14 – Establishment of the covenant by YHVH with Abram (Abraham); identification with and relationship to the people, the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
John 7:22 – The circumcision is not of Moses, but of the fathers.
Deut 10:15-19 – Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.
Deut 30:1-6 — The LORD will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love YHVH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Jer 4:1-4 – Circumcise yourselves to YHVH.
Jer 9:22-25 – Glory in the LORD; there is no difference –in themselves—between the circumcised and uncircumcised.
Rom 2:28 – 3:2 – For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly [only]; neither is it circumcision which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart – in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. What advantage then has the Jew? Or what profit is there in circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because unto them (us) were committed the oracles of God.
1Cor 7:19 – Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but rather the keeping of the commandments of God. (E Haim means “stone of life”; our prayer is that he will become a “living stone” — e chaya — through spiritual new birth by repentance and faith in the gospel at an early age.)
Gal 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Philp 3:3 – For we are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.