9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In verses 9 and 10 of Genesis Chapter 17 God gives Abraham a covenant to keep. He tells Abraham that he and all of his descendants thereafter shall be circumcised. The order extends to every male person in the household, whether born into the household or purchased. God tells Abraham that any male who is not circumcised, one who breaks God’s covenant, will be cut off from the people.
I believe that when we think of circumcision, we generally think of it as a symbol. Certainly, circumcision of a male is a sign that in those days would have been a true and certain sign that the male was a descendant of Abraham.
I think there may be even more than this to God’s plan. Not only did he assure that the people would recognize one another and thereby remain a cohesive community; but, as we now know, circumcision provides some protection from certain diseases.
By decreeing that a boy be circumcised at the age of 8 days, God assures that the procedure will take place after the baby has a few days to grow in strength but before he is able to fear the pain.
God’s wisdom was both infinite and practical.
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