The Cutting Away of the Flesh
- God Set Out to Kill Moses Because he had been Ignoring God Concerning Circumcision.
Circumcision is the act of cutting off of the flesh (the flesh is the world and its worldliness) as a covenant of blood with God. Those who were circumcised were known as God’s people, the Jews.
“The worldliness” is cut off the flesh from the place where man’s fruitfulness (seed) is promulgated. Man cannot enter God’s “promised land” without removing his worldliness. The promised land is a place that is set apart, “holy” to God. Its kingdom follows God’s requirements.
For a detailed account of covenant making see Topic Covenants
In circumcision, a sacrifice is made of the foreskin of flesh. As the seed of man passes through the blood it is confirming God’s pact with the Jews that they will have a promised land forever. It is a promise to all future generations.
- In the New Testament this Covenant changes to a Circumcision of the Heart as Jesus, the Son (Seed) of God Passes through the Heavens to come to Earth.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Romans 2:29 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 from men but from God.
1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision (of the flesh) is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision (of the flesh) nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
Colossians 2:11 (Not Legalism but Christ) In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
- Why does Circumcision take Place on the 8th Day?
It is of significant medical importance that male circumcision be carried out on the eighth day after birth since the level of vitamin K is highest on this day and vitamin K plays a pivotal role in regulation and control of the important clotting factors in the coagulation pathway that helps in stopping bleeding.
Leviticus 12:3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
- The Circumcision is a Covenant with the Jews Concerning the Promised Land. Today, the Promised Land is in Heaven.
Corinthians 5:1 (Assurance of the Resurrection) For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
- Circumcision is a Constant Reminder to Walk a Spiritual Path with God, especially Concerning the Man’s Future through his Seed.
If there is a curse that passes through the generations of those who hate God, wouldn’t that curse be received in adultery, prostitution, fornication, and homosexuality? Why invite those into one’s life?
Proverbs 5:16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
Proverbs 5:18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
F. Circumcision is an Act of Faith.
Abraham is called “the father of faith”:
Genesis 17:11 and you (Abraham) shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
Genesis 17:14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”
Genesis 17:23 So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same day, as God had said to him.
Genesis 17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
G. Definition of Faith:
Abraham to God, “You want me to do what?”