Circumcision of heart, chapter, 5

Feb 17, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 22, year 5,789

To: 23,547 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God.

Before Isaac Abraham questioned the Lord “who’d be my descendants?”

(Gen 15:5-6; “The LORD took Abraham outside and said, “Gaze into the sky and count the stars — if you are able to count them!” Then He said to him, “So will your descendants be.”) Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty.”) This was before God’s command to circumcise.

(Gen 17:9-11; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep the covenant requirement I am imposing on you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My requirement that you and your descendants after you must keep: Every male among you must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskins. This will be a reminder of the covenant between Me and you.”) To Jacob also God promised numerous heirs.

(Gen 32:9-12; “Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, You said to me, ‘Return to your land and to your relatives and I will make you prosper.’ I am not worthy of all the faithful love You have shown your servant. With only my walking stick I crossed the Jordan, but now I have become two camps. Rescue me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, as well as the mothers with their children. But You said, ‘I will certainly make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand on the seashore, too numerous to count.’ ”

Sons born to the Israelites in the desert after leaving Egypt, were uncircumcised. So God had Joshua circumcise. See Joshua 5:2)

(Joshua 5:2-3; At that time the LORD told Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites once again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites on the Hill of the Foreskins.”)

Organized Christianity don’t understand that Jesus is the One who made the old covenant promises. Until a new blood covenant was dedicated through Jesus’ faith, Israelites needed the physical reminder, we still do and there’s still benefit. However as we’ll see, a spiritual circumcision of heart is the intent and superior.

The new covenant could only be inaugurated

after the Testator of the old “Jesus” died, Paul explains.

(Hebrews 9:15-18; “And so He ‘Jesus’ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood.”)

(Heb 9:19-23; For when Moses had spoken every command “Jesus gave” to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.”

(Heb 9: 24-28; “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands — the representation of the true sanctuary — but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not His own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”) (Now let’s back up.)

The Earthly Holy Place

(Heb 9:1-5; For the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. (This is the curtain that split when Jesus died.) (4) It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.

(Heb 9:6-9; So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.”)

After Israel’s scattering, the dedication to God

symbol of circumcision was still practiced.

(Luke 1:59; On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, “John” and they wanted to name him Zechariah after his father.”)

God So Loved the World

(JOHN 3:16-22; For this is the way God ‘the Father’ loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates The Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

Synagogue authorities were not ready for the Messiah then, nor today.

Jesus said; (John 7:17-19; :If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from My own authority. The person who speaks on his own authority desires to receive honor for himself; the one who desires the honor of the One who sent him is a man of integrity, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (19) Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law! Why do you want to kill Me?”

(John 7:20-24; The crowd answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus replied, “I performed one miracle and you are all amazed. However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child on the Sabbath. But if a male child is circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? Do not judge according to external appearance, but judge with proper judgment.”)

The spiritual intent of the law still isn’t recognized

nor is circumcision of the heart understood.

The Pharisees like methodologist in each age thought surely the letter of the law must be the saving factor. (Acts 15:7-12; After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that some time ago God chose me to preach to the Gentiles so they would hear the message of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between them and us, cleansing their hearts by faith. So now why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.”

(Acts 15:13-19; After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.”)

(Quote from Amos 9:11-12)

(Acts 15:19-21; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God,  but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

Holy Sprit revealed.

James and the apostles agreed to send a letter to the gentiles, attempting to clear the matter about circumcision and law keeping because they knew the gentile customs that must be abandoned. (Acts 15:28-29; “For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from doing these things, you will do well. Farewell.”) The apostles aren’t saying “believe our message and abstain from these four things and you’re okay. (They are saying in the whole context; “we believe that we and you are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus to practice His commands. The church does need evidence that people aren’t practicing the abominable to God things you gentiles were accustomed to.

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