Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bible 101: Circumcision

A question that comes up a lot when people start reading the Old Testament is, "What's the deal with circumcision? What does it mean?"

We see this in Genesis 17:9-14. Click here to read it, then come back. I'll wait.

(Thought you'd never get back. Not a speed reader? Me neither...)

Why did God require circumcision:

1. As a sign of obedience to Him in all matters.

2. As a sign of belonging to his covenant* people. (*God promised to be with the Jews--His chosen people.) Once circumcised, there was no turning back. A man would be identified as a Jew forever.

3. As a symbol of "cutting off" the old life of sin, purifying one's heart and dedicating oneself to God.
(credit: NLT Life Application Study Bible)

Now aren't we all relieved Jesus is the way of a new covenant? ;-)