Why the sign of circumcision?
God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.
“This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.
“And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.
“And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants.
“A servant who is born in your house or who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
“But an uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”
Circumcision is the sign of Covenant between God and Abraham/Descendants.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is the cutting away of the flesh on a male at the closest point of paternity.
It is a vivid picture of “doing away with the flesh”.
It set the people of the Lord apart from the nations.
It was/is an act of obedience unto the Lord.
The Lord was precise.
They were to circumcise every male…descendants, servants, slaves…with newborns being circumcised when eight days old. (The human body actually has an increase of “vitamin K” on the eighth day, thereby providing increased coagulation…minimal bleeding.)
The very Covenant of God would be in their flesh.
His everlasting Covenant.
What if someone chose not to be obedient?
They would be cut off from the people.
They would break the Covenant of the Lord.
Circumcision also foreshadowed greater truths…to be seen…