The Promise Is for You and Your Children

The Aquila Report | 1/12/2018 | Staff
That is why Abraham was to circumcise his children: they needed to know they were not free to choose their own gods. They were to receive the sign of the covenant to show them that they were part of the covenant people. They belonged to the one true God, and they were to submit to him in a covenant relationship.

The truly remarkable aspect of God’s command to Abraham was not the command to be circumcised, but the command to circumcise his children also. Circumcision was practiced quite widely among other peoples in the ancient Near East. However, in other religions it was usually a rite of purification associated with puberty, not something done in infancy. Yet when God chose Abraham, he didn’t choose just him; he chose his children as well. God is not only the God of Abraham, but also the God of Isaac and Jacob. That is why Abraham was to circumcise his children: they needed to know they were not free to choose their own gods. They were to receive the sign of the covenant to show them that they were part of the covenant people. They belonged to the one true God, and they were to submit to him in a covenant relationship.

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Did circumcision save them? Absolutely not. Ishmael was circumcised on the same day as Abraham (Gen. 17:26), yet he showed no evidence of a heart renewed by grace. Although he bore the sign of the covenant, he was not ultimately part of God’s covenant people. As he grew up, he lived against (literally, “in the face of”) God’s covenant people (16:12), not in friendship with them. As Genesis 17:19–20 makes clear, although God’s blessing rested on Ishmael and his descendants, his covenant was with Isaac and his descendants. In a similar way, circumcision pointed...
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