Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants – Conclusion

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsLook at what God says Today we conclude Abraham’s tale of two covenants 4… Abraham has to do and also his descendants. They must agree that male children in the household, all those who are a part of the family and household will be circumcised.

Trusting that everyone understands what circumcision means, I won’t give any details now. This is not the moment that circumcision was invented or established. Circumcision was something that was practiced in ancient cultures even before this time and outside of Israel. What God did instead is to take this practice and give it new meaning according to His purposes. The practice now is required not of only Abraham and his descendants but even to those in the household who are brought in and paid for as servants. And this event must take place on the eighth day of the infant’s life. You can see God’s handiwork by in Creation why we understand it was the eighth day that the infant was to be circumcised. Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 2

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsAbraham’s Tale of Two Covenants continues—Abraham was counted righteous based on his faith in God’s promises in the first covenant. Specifically, Abraham believed that God would bring Abraham descendants. His faith was the means by which God brought salvation.

Now Abraham has been told to receive circumcision. This command God gave was to produce a testimony not to produce salvation. There is a big difference. One can be a means to the other but only as God chooses to do so. Continue reading