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Circumcision The Covenant
Let's go in our bibles to Gen.17:9-14 (And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. ver.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. ver.11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. ver.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. ver.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. ver.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.)
Circumcision Is A Must
God's COVENANT with Abraham, and his seed after him, was CIRCUMCISION. Every man child at eight days old among the people of God was commanded by God to be CIRCUMCISED. Look at the wording in ver.13 again; MUST NEEDS BE CIRCUMCISED!
So we see that under the OLD COVENANT, that Circumcision was a absolute MUST! It was understood by God's people that if we are to be in COVENANT WITH GOD, the FLESH of the foreskin had to be CUT OFF! For with out the CUTTING OFF of the FLESH OF THE FORESKIN, there could be no COVENANT WITH GOD.
God required absolute obedience out of His people under the Old Covenant that they PERFORM His COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION. And the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for this to be carried out by His people under the Old Covenant, was because of what it TYPED concerning the NEW COVENANT. Praise God, everything under that OLD COVENANT TYPED AND SHADOWED the NEW COVENANT that has replaced the Old Covenant. God's word says it like this in Heb.10:9 & 10, (Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. ver.10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.)
JESUS CHRIST IS THE FULFILLING OF THE OLD COVENANT! And through His DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION, and ASCENSION back to the Right Hand of the Father, the NEW AND BETTER COVENANT which is ESTABLISHED UPON BETTER PROMISES has replaced the Old Covenant. Read Heb.8:6-10.
Now to understand that it is not the CIRCUMCISION in the Flesh of the foreskin which is made with the hands of man, that God Requires in this NEW COVENANT, let us take a look at Gal.6:12-16 (As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. ver.13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. ver.14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. ver.15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. ver.16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.)
So what CIRCUMCISION IS A MUST? IT IS THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART! It is that Circumcision which is a ABSOLUTE MUST IN THE LIVES OF GOD'S PEOPLE IN THIS NEW AND BETTER COVENANT!
Even under the Old Covenant God wanted their Hearts Circumcised, Dut.10:16 (Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.) But the Old Covenant could not bring them to that. You see, it ALL has to do with a CHANGE OF HEART! And that Old Covenant could not change there hearts; for it takes a CHANGED HEART TO KEEP THE COVENANT! YOU MUST SERVE GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART! And it's only Christ the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises, that can GIVE US A NEW HEART TO SERVE GOD.
Yes, God Will Kill YOU
Look with me again at Gen. 17:14; (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.)
Just how serious is God about this CIRCUMCISION STUFF?
Lets look at Ex. 4:20&24-26 (And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand. ver. 24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. ver.25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. ver.26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.)
Take a good look at ver.24; And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. You need to see this. God is about to KILL MOSES! Yes the same Moses that has a CALL OF GOD ON HIS LIFE. The same Moses that has just left meeting with God on the backside of the desert at the FIERY BUSH. The same Moses that has been sent by God to tell Pharaoh to, LET GOD'S PEOPLE GO! Take a hard look at it; GOD IS OUT TO KILL HIM!
WOW. GOD IS JUST ABOUT TO KILL MOSES!
You may ask; but why? Here is the reason; He had not CIRCUMCISED HIS SONS. Moses knew that God commanded every male child among them was to be CIRCUMCISED at eight days old. But he had not yet performed the Circumcision on his sons because his wife Zipporah had made such a fuss about it. Read ver.26 again, then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision. she never was for it, she did not feel that it was all that important.
There are many Pastors who have not REQUIRED AND DEMAND A CUTTING OFF OF THE FLESH from their congregations because many in the church have put up such a fuss about it. Many have threatened to leave the church. Many have threatened to withhold their tithes and offerings, or to give them somewhere else if the Pastor INSIST ON THE FLESH BEING CUT OFF. Shout Amen Someone.
But dear Pastor friend of mine, that is still no excuse for you not preaching against SIN and FLESHLINESS! FOR YOU ARE THE ONE ACCOUNTABLE, AND IT IS YOU WHOM GOD WILL CUT OFF FIRST, IF YOU DON'T REQUIRE AND ABSOLUTELY DEMAND A CUTTING OFF OF THE FLESH!
Hear the seriousness and severity of this; God says: ether you CUT OFF THE FLESH, or I will CUT YOU OFF!
Someone would say: Now Bro. Mike we can't make people live right. True; BUT YOU AS THE PASTOR CAN KEEP THEM FROM BEING DEACONS, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, SONG LEADERS, MUSIC DIRECTORS AND MUSICIANS IN THE CHURCH IF THEY WON'T LIVE RIGHT! You Might As Well Shout Amen.
When God met Moses there by the way in the inn, it was not to PRONOUNCE A BLESSING upon him before he gets into Egypt; it's because He SOUGHT TO KILL HIM, and to give Moses and his wife one last chance to CIRCUMCISE THEIR SONS so He could let them go on into Egypt to do His Work.
Now when Zipporah sees that God is about to KILL HER HUSBAND, she grabs a SHARP STONE, "That Rock Is JESUS! He is the WORD OF GOD, and Eph. 6:17 says; (And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:)" and with that Sharp Stone she sets in CIRCUMCISING THEIR SON'S; and ONLY BY CHRIST JESUS CAN OUR HEARTS TRULY BE CIRCUMCISED UNTO THE LORD!
God Says, Now You Can Go
There are many who have been deceived by satan into thinking that just because they have a CALL OF GOD ON THEIR LIVES; IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW THEY LIVE. They continue to live their lives after the FLESH, but try to justify their FLESHLINESS and CARNAL lives, and their refusal to CIRCUMCISE the foreskin of their heart by saying; I HAVE A CALL OF GOD ON MY LIFE. So did Moses, but GOD'S ABOUT TO KILL HIM!
And just as God would not let Moses go on down into Egypt to tell Pharaoh, Let God's People Go! Until the COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION was keep; HE WILL ALSO STAND IN THE WAY TO STOP YOU FROM GOING ANY FARTHER UNTIL YOU CUT OFF THE FLESH FROM YOUR LIFE!
God will not allow anyone to do His Work IN THE FLESH. For the Work of God can only be done by the Spirit. God told Zerubbabel in Zec.4:6, (Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.)
Notice again what it said in Ex. 4:26 AFTER THEY FULFILLED THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION; SO HE "GOD" LET HIM GO.
Dear friend of mine, YOUR NOT GOING ANYWHERE IN FULFILLING THE CALL OF GOD, UNTIL YOU CUT THE FLESH OFF FROM YOUR LIFE!
Dear Pastor, the Church your pastoring will never amount to anything for God and His Work, until FLESH IS CUT OFF, and the RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS OF GOD IS PREACHED AND LIVED. Dear Evangelist, do you want to be SUCCESSFUL IN WINNING SOULS, and BE USED BY GOD TO MINISTER TO THE GREAT NEED OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS HOUR? Then the FLESH MUST BE CUT OFF.
How can we ever expect to bring DELIVERANCE to those who are bound, when we ourselves are bound? 2Pet. 2:19 says, (While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.) I must truly be Free, before I can ever expect to HELP OTHERS GET FREE.
I am persuaded that all who are sincere about their walk with God know, that, it is COMPLETE OBEDIENCE which God REQUIRES OUT OF US. You know that it was DISOBEDIENCE in the very beginning that SEPARATED MANKIND FROM GOD. And it is Disobedience to the REQUIREMENT of God to CIRCUMCISE YOUR HEARTS, that will stop you short of fulfilling the Will of God for your life.
Circumcision Brings Promise
Now remember, Abraham and his wife Sarah had tried for many, many years to have a child, but could not have one. But when God called Abraham, His Promise to him was the Promise of a BLESSED SEED.
But after years had went by, and still the Promise of God had not came to pass, Sarah gets the notion that the Promises of God can be attained by Carnal and Fleshly efforts. So she persuaded Abraham to take her handmaid Hagar the Egyptian, and go into her and try to bring forth GOD'S PROMISE. But I declare unto you by the authority of God's Word, that the PROMISES OF GOD CAN NEVER BE HAD AND ENJOYED THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF FLESH! The only thing Flesh can bring forth is MORE FLESH! It will bring forth after it's own kind. FLESH BEGETS FLESH, AS PIGS BEGET PIGS, AND VULTURES BEGET VULTURES! THUS FLESH CAN NEVER BIRTH THAT WHICH IS AFTER THE SPIRIT.
If you go in, and know Hagar the only thing that it can BRING FORTH IS AN ISHMAEL! Dear friend of mine; you will never get an Isaac " SON OF PROMISE" with a Hagar "Bondwoman". Gal.4:22 & 23 (For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. ver.23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.) Look at verses 28 - 30 also, (Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. ver.29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. ver.30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Now it must be noted that the SON OF PROMISE, "Isaac" can not be conceived and birth until God gives Abraham the COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION. There MUST BE A CUTTING OFF OF THE FLESH OF THE FORESKIN! And it was not like Abraham and his wife Sarah had not tried to have children; they had tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and then tried again and again. Only to get nothing. BUT PRAISE GOD, THAT WAS BEFORE THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION!
And let me make note to this; JUST ONE TIME WITH HAGAR AND A ISHMAEL IS CONCEIVED AND BIRTH! It's not a hard thing to bring forth after the Flesh. Anyone can do that, but it takes a LIFE SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD, AND SUBMITTED TO GOD TO BRING FORTH THAT WHICH PLEASES GOD! For God's Word has not changed, and His Word declares: 2 Cor.6:17 & 18 (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, ver.18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.)
Notice now, once Abraham hears from God and CUTS COVENANT WITH GOD THROUGH CIRCUMCISION, he goes into his wife Sarah and she conceives and brings forth the PROMISE OF GOD!
Now we know that Christ is the fulfilling of ALL the types and shadows of the Old Covenant. And His life of COMPLETE VICTORY OVER THE FLESH, and COMPLETE OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER, has brought forth many sons and daughters unto God.
You see just as soon as Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross, the Veil of the Temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom. It was that Veil that keep Fallen man from entering into the Holy of Holies. But Jesus' Complete Victory over the Flesh, satan and sin made a entrance into the Holy place where God dwells. The book of Heb. 10:19 - 22 says, (Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, ver.20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; ver.21 And having an high priest over the house of God; ver.22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.)
So we see that the Veil which keeps us SEPARATED FROM GOD IS FLESH. But once FLESH IS CUT OFF THROUGH THE CIRCUMCISION WHICH IS MADE WITHOUT HANDS, that is the CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART UNTO GOD, which is done by BELIEVING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, ACCEPTING HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, REPENTING OF YOUR LIFE OF SIN, AND THEN GOING FORTH LIVING YOUR LIFE DAILY SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD AND SIN IN COMPLETE OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND HIS WORD; then we are encouraged to COME BOLDLY INTO THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD.
Hear what Jesus has to say about this Covenant of Circumcision; Luke 9:23 (And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.) and Luke 14:25 - 27 (And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, ver.26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. ver.27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.)
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