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Subect: Understanding Circumcision (Part 2 of 2)
by Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l
(Part 2 of 2)
FULFILLMENT OF THE NEW COVENANT
The FULLNESS of the NEW COVENANT will be during the Messianic Era. At that time, YHVH will require His people to be circumcised in spirit and in flesh.
KJV Ezekiel 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in HEART, nor uncircumcised in FLESH, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
During the Messianic Era, we will still be in the New Covenant.
SUMMARY OF THE CIRCUMCISION LESSON
Many Christians often read the book of Galatians and come to the conclusion that Paul taught against circumcision for believers in the Messiah which they associate with "keeping the law".
The reason why they come to this conclusion is that:
#1) They don't read a verse in context
#2) They don't know Torah and therefore can't discern that Paul is actually using Torah teachings and principles to make his arguments
#3) They have been taught to believe that the writings of Paul contradicts what is written in the Torah, prophets and the teachings of the Messiah and they resolve this apparent conflict to them by coming to the conclusion that Paul's writing have a "greater revelation"
In our study, we saw that the word "circumcision" has a WIDE VARIETY of meanings and application in the Torah and the prophets. Many of these meanings and applications are used in the New Testament. Because we are not knowledgable of many of these meanings and applications, we have a distorted and narrow perspective in our minds that circumcision only means physical circumcision and physical circumcision means "keeping the law". Because we have faulty definitions for circumcision in our minds (rather than having Biblical definitions) we try to discern the meaning of a text in the writings of Paul while having an invalid premise (definition) so our conclusions of the meaning of the text becomes erroneous. Because our premise (definition of what we are reading) is faulty, our conclusions become faulty.
Hopefully from this study, you have become more familiar with the vast variety of meanings and applications that "circumcision" has in the Scriptures so that when you come across the word "circumcision" in your Bible reading that you will ask the question regarding the particular circumcision text, "what meaning or application of circumcision from the Torah and prophets is being used in the text"?
By doing an extensive study on the term "circumcision" from the Torah and the prophets and by reading the book of Galatians in context, we can come to the conclusion that Paul was NOT teaching AGAINST CIRCUMCISION or FOLLOWING TORAH but was making the argument that physical circumcision without faith in the Messiah has no eternal value. The Torah, Prophets and the NT teach us that the ideal is having faith in Messiah, have circumcised hearts and seek to follow Torah which includes physical circumcision. YHVH REQUIRES physical circumcision when you enter the land of Israel. If you have faith in Messiah and are circumcised in your heart, YHVH is more lenient toward you if you have been born in the wilderness(nations of the world) because the lands outside of the land of Israel have less sanctity than the land of Israel. However during the Messianic Era, those who live in the land of Israel and who desire to fellowship in the Temple will be REQUIRED to be circumcised in the HEART AND THE FLESH.
I pray that this study has been a rich blessing to you.
May YHVH continue to bless you in your studies.
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l
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