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Genesis 17:7-14

Are You Circumcised?

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

How does anyone know that you are a Christian? Do they see it in the way you smile? Can they know it by what you say and do? What makes you different from everyone else? Is there some kind of outward sign that reflects your inner spiritual condition?

It was God's intention that Abraham's descendants should remember His covenant with them. This was an everlasting covenant of grace. God had selected Abraham and his seed to be His people. Abraham had done nothing to deserve this special relationship with God, but God chose him for His own reasons and purposes. If Abraham accepted the covenant, he was to walk continually in the presence of God and to be perfect.

The sign of his acceptance was the circumcision of all of the males within his household. This included every male over eight days old, every male born under his roof, and every male whom he had purchased to be his servant. Circumcision was the outward sign of the inner spiritual relationship that all of Abraham's descendants could enjoy with God. It represented a new set of priorities within the heart of the person. Circumcision reminded each one that he had stripped away the lusts of the flesh to walk by faith in the presence of God and to be perfect by the acceptance of His grace.

Rejection of the rite of circumcision would be considered a rejection of God and the word of His covenant. Those who despised God and rejected His grace would reject the sign of the circumcision and would be cut off from the kingdom and all that it implied.

Moses warned the people of the consequences of disobedience to God. In Leviticus 26 he told the people all of the blessings that God would give them, if they remained faithful. Then he told them what would happen if they turned against Him. Speaking on their repentance, God said, "And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. (Leviticus 26:412-42)

Outward circumcision is useless, if it does not represent the inner circumcision where the lusts are stripped away and God is given first place. Jeremiah warned Israel, "Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings." (Jeremiah 4:4) "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart." (Jeremiah 9:24-26)

Stephen, as he was being martyred for Christ, also warned the Jews, saying, "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." (Acts 7:51)

And Paul wrote to the church at Rome, saying, "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:28-29)

So then, let me ask you again. How does anyone know that you are a Christian, a child of Abraham and an heir according to the promise? Have you been circumcised in your heart? Have you cut off the things of this world and your trust in them? Have you cast away the lusts of the flesh? How do we know that you are a Christian?

We know by the priorities that we see reflected in your life. We see your circumcised heart in action.

Before The Throne:

Continue to pray that the perfection, the righteousness and holiness of God be given to you. Pray about the priorities that you have in your life. What is interfering with your relationship with God? Pray that God would strip these things away. Commit yourself to living by faith.

For Further Study:

** And I. Gen 15:18; 26:24; Ex 6:4; Ps 105:8-11; Mic 7:20; Lu 1:54,55,72-75; Ro 9:4,8,9; Ga 3:17; Eph 2:12 ** God. Gen 26:24; 28:13; Ex 3:6,15; Le 26:12; Ps 81:10; Eze 28:26; Mt 22:32; Heb 8:10; 11:16; ** and to. Ex 19:5,6; Mr 10:14; Ac 2:39; Ro 9:7-9;

(v.8 ) ** And I. Gen 12:7; 13:15,17; 15:7-21; Ps 105:9,11; ** wherein thou art a stranger. Gen 23:4; 28:4; ** everlasting. Gen 48:4; Ex 21:6; 31:16,17; 40:15; Le 16:34; Nu 25:13; De 32:8; 2Sa 23:5; Ps 103:17; Heb 9:15; ** their. Ex 6:7; Le 26:12; De 4:37; 14:2; 26:18; 29:13;

(v.9) Ps 25:10; 103:18; Isa 56:4,5;

(v.10) ** Every. Gen 34:15; Ex 4:25; 12:48; De 10:16; 30:6; Jos 5:2,4; Jer 4:4; 9:25,26; Ac 7:8; Ro 2:28,29; 3:1,25,28,30; 4:9-11; 1Co 7:18,19; Ga 3:28; Ga 5:3-6; 6:12; Eph 2:11; Php 3:3; Col 2:11,12;

(v.11) ** the flesh. Ex 4:25; Jos 5:3; 1Sa 18:25-27; 2Sa 3:14; ** a token. Ac 7:8; Ro 4:11;

(v.12) ** he that is eight days old. Heb. a son of eight days. Gen 21:4; Le 12:3; Lu 1:59; 2:21; Joh 7:22,23; Ac 7:8; Ro 2:28; Php 3:5; ** is born. Ex 12:48,49;

(v.13) ** born. Gen 14:14; 15:3; Ex 12:44; 21:4; ** bought. Gen 37:27,36; 39:1; Ex 21:2,16; Ne 5:5,8; Mt 18:25;

(v.14) ** cut. Ex 4:24-26; 12:15,19; 30:33,38; Le 7:20,21,25,27; 18:29; 19:8; Nu 15:30,31; Jos 5:2-12; ** broken. Ps 55:20; Isa 24:5; 33:8; Jer 11:10; 31:32; 1Co 11:27,29;


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