CIRCUMCISION

Definition
Requirement
Circumcision of Abraham
Symbolism
Passover
Circumcision of the Heart

Definition

1.  Circumcision is cutting away the foreskin of the penis.
2.  Physical circumcision is symbolic of the circumcision of the heart, which is removal of scar tissue of the soul.
3.  Abraham and his household (males only) were circumcised under the Abrahamic Covenant when he was 99.
4.  The Mosaic Law required circumcision, which was performed on the 8th day after birth.
5.  Circumcision is not required under the New Covenant to the Church.

Requirement

1.  Circumcision was a sign of ratification of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 17:10-11).
2.  Circumcision was required for procreation of the child of the promise (Gen 17:12-13).
     a.  It was a sign of sanctification of the Right Man Right Woman relationship in Marriage Culture for procreation of the child of the promise (Gal 4:28).
     b.  The child of the promise was set apart from the children of the world (Gen 21:12; Rom 9:7; Heb 11:18).
     c.  All male Hebrew descendants of Abraham were required to be circumcised in addition to the servants of Abraham and later the foreigners who lived in the camp of Israel (Gen 17:12-13).
3.  Circumcision set the Hebrews apart among the nations as respecting Marriage Culture based upon the Right Man Right Woman relationship with children of the promise.
4.  Gentiles did not practice circumcision (Judg 14:3; 1 Sam 17:26; Eph 2:11).
5.  Physical circumcision is not a requirement in the Church Age (1 Cor 7:19; Gal 5:6).  False teachers in the early Church caused controversy by requiring keeping the Law, including circumcision (Acts 15:1; Phil 3:2).

Circumcision of Abraham

1.  Circumcision was required for Abraham as ratification of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 17:9-27).
     a.  The Covenant included the promise of posterity for Abraham (Gen 17:4-5).
     b.  Abraham was required to be circumcised prior to the conception of Isaac.
2.  Circumcision was suffering prior to Abraham's promotion to Spiritual Maturity.
     a.  Similarly, Joshua required circumcision of the army of Israel prior to the conquest of the Promised Land (Josh 5:2-8).
     b.  The Promised Land symbolizes Spiritual Maturity.
     c.  Spiritual Maturity is Experiential Sanctification of the believer in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Marriage analogy of Christ and the Church (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:25-32).
     d.  Spiritual Maturity symbolizes sanctification of the RM-RW relationship.
3.  Physical circumcision represented sanctification of procreation.
     a.  The genitals after The Fall were responsible for passing down the Old Sin Nature (OSN) from Adam.
     b.  Therefore, the genitals needed to be sanctified prior to procreation.
     c.  Abraham was sexually dead, and God would have to perform a miracle to restore sexual life (ref. Rom 4:19; Heb 11:12).
4.  Abraham's circumcision represented circumcision of the heart, which is the removal of scar tissue of the soul (foreskin of the heart).
     a.  Abraham had separated from the world years before when he left Ur and Haran.
     b.  Abraham's circumcision represented removal of all dead works that would interfere with God's Grace provision to him.
5.  The circumcision of Abraham occurred just prior to the second harem experience in which Sarah was taken into the harem of Abimelech, Evil King of Gerar (Gen 20).
6.  Circumcision was required for all the male descendants of Abraham (Gen 17:9-13).
7.  Failure to circumcise could result in the Sin Leading to Death, as it did with Moses (Ex 4:24-26).

Symbolism

1.  Circumcision symbolized sanctification of the Right Man - Right Woman relationship.
2.  The sanctified phallus of the male was dedicated to his Right Woman.
3.  The children of the RM-RW relationship were sanctified (Gal 4:23, 30).
4.  The children were recipients of Divine blessing as children of the promise (Gen 17:16).
5.  Church Age Believers are children of the promise (Gal 3:29; 4:28).
6.  The RM-RW relationship symbolized sanctification of the believer as the Right Woman of the Lord in Israel and the Lord Jesus Christ in the Church (2 Cor 11:2).
7.  Circumcision symbolized circumcision of the heart (Deut 10:16; 30:6; Jer 4:4; Rom 2:29).
     a.  Circumcision of the heart is removal of scar tissue of the soul.
     b.  Scar tissue of the soul is symbolized by hardness of the heart (Rom 11:25), being stiff-necked (Ex 32:9; Jer 7:26; Acts 7:51), and callused (Eph 4:18-19).
     c.  Removal of scar tissue of the soul provides security from the Cosmic System and slavery to Satan.
8.  Uncircumcised ears symbolize unwillingness to listen to the teaching of Bible Doctrine (Jer 6:10; Acts 7:51).

Passover

1.  Circumcision was required for celebration of the Passover (Ex 12:43-45).
2.  Israel was the Right Woman of the Lord, and the firstborn of Israel were sanctified to Him (Ex 13:2).
3.  The Passover was an institution for the nation of Israel (Ex 12:2), and all the males in Israel must be circumcised.
4.  The circumcised firstborn of Israel were passed over, but the uncircumcised firstborn of Egypt were killed the night of the Passover (Ex 12:29; 13:15).

Circumcision of the Heart

1.  Circumcision of the heart (Jer 4:4; Deut 10:16; 30:6; Jer. 9:25, 26; Rom 2:28, 29) is the removal of scar tissue of the soul from the right lobe of the soul.
2.  Scar tissue of the soul is the result of failure to handle the spiritual problems of life.
     a.  When Rebound is rejected, scar tissue builds in the soul.
     b.  Use of defense mechanisms, e.g. dissociation, denial, repression, causes scar tissue.
     c.  Sexual sins cause scar tissue.
3.  Scar tissue of the soul causes various psychological and physical maladies and slavery to Satan (1 Jn 2:11; Eph 2:1-3; 2 Tim 2:26; 3:6-7).  Carnality and dead works result from scar tissue of the soul (Rom 6:12-13; 13:12; Gal 5:19-21).
4.  God hardens the heart and produces scar tissue of the soul in Divine Judgment (Ex 7:3; 1 Sam 6:6; Rom 1:24, 26, 28; Eph 4:19).
5.  Circumcision of the heart is performed by executing the New Spiritual life (Experiential Sanctification).
     a.  God supplies tests on the Stage of Life which must be passed by application of Bible Doctrine (Ps 34:4, 19; 1 Cor 10:13; 2 Cor 12:8-9, 10; 1 Pet 1:6-7; 2 Pet 2:9).
     b.  When the tests are passed, circumcision of the heart is performed by the Holy Spirit (Rom 2:29), after which God supplies more Grace and promotes the believer (Job 17:9; Psa 37:34; Jas 4:6).
     c.  Failing the tests can lead to demotion (Jas 4:6).
6.  Circumcision of the heart includes:
     a.  Dying to the old dead works (Rom. 6:6; 7:24; Gal. 5:24; Phil 3:8; Col. 3:5).
     b.  Separation from the world (Gal. 2:20; 6:14; 2 Thess 3:6; 1 Pet 4:3, 4; 1 Jn 2:15-16).
     c.  New production of the new life in Christ Jesus (Gal 2:20; Col 2:11).
     d.  Use of the Redemption solution (Heb 9:14; 10:22).
     e.  A new sanctified conscience (1 Tim 1:5, 19; Heb 13:18; 1 Pet 3:16, 21).
     f. Spiritual Self-Esteem (Phil 3:3).
7.  The circumcised heart is the seat of love (1 Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 2:22).
8.  The circumcised heart houses the Edification Complex of the Soul with:
     a. Intimacy Room (Prov. 31:17)
     b.  Cup of Love (Rom. 5:5)
     c. Sexual Fountain of Youth (Heb. 11:11-12; Rom. 4:19; 6:13)

References

1.  Larry Wood.  Scar Tissue of the Soul, Oct. 1, 2011.
5.  Larry Wood.  Marriage Grace, Sept. 23, 2013.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released - March 5, 2016

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