This morning as I finished my reading for the day I decided to read only the OT, Psalms, and Proverbs portions. I have spent lots of time in the NT in the past years and, given that I am starting a rather intense degree program in a few weeks, this seems like a wise choice.
On to today's bits.
Genesis 17:14 Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.This is another bit of evidence for the importance of people of God as a key theme in Scripture. Here the refusal to carry the sign of the covenant results in being cut off from one's people. God's people are God's people; he sets the parameters, not us.
Genesis 17:24-27 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. That very day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. And all the men of his house, those born in the house and those bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.The sign of the covenant was given to all the men in the house--whether related to Abraham by blood or not. Apparently, blood connection is not the requirement, but rather the requirement is participation in the covenant.
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