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In Circumcision & Passover – Pt 2 our discussion left off with the evidence provided from Scriptures to prove that the Israelites kept the Passover in the wilderness including all uncircumcised males.
We now need to go back and take another look at Exod. 12:48 in context where the command is given for all males to be circumcised in order to partake of the Passover.
And when a stranger shall sojourn with you, and will keep the passover to Yahweh, LET ALL HIS MALES BE CIRCUMCISED, and then let him come near and keep it; AND HE SHALL BE AS ONE THAT IS BORN IN THE LAND: FOR NO UNCIRCUMCISED PERSON SHALL EAT OF IT. (Exod. 12:48)
The reader then has to proceed on to Exod. 13:5 where it states:
And WHEN YAHWEH BRINGS YOU INTO THE LAND of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jeb’usites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, YOU SHALL KEEP THIS SERVICE (the Passover) in this month. (Exod. 13:5)
It is important to now notice what happens as soon as the Israelites do cross over to the west side of the Jordan and enter the land after 40 years in the wilderness:
In Circumcision & Passover – Pt 1 we covered the testimony regarding fleshy circumcision as found in the New Testament. We will now continue on the Trail of Truth to reveal the confirmation of that testimony primarily from the Old Testament.
A close examination of the book of Genesis, for example, reveals that fleshly circumcision was not a legal requirement of the original contract made with Abram (Abraham) in the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise.
Let us demonstrate. Before the token of circumcision of the flesh was used by Abraham and his household (which did not come into effect until Genesis 17), we read in Genesis 12:
Fleshy circumcision is also held by some as a proof that Passover is not an actual Festival or Feast Day for the reason that the lack of circumcision would prevent individuals from participating in a required sacred day of Yahweh.
What do Scriptures actually say concerning this issue?
If you are interested in finding out the truth of the matter then it would be advantageous for you to hop on the Trail of Truth to investigate.
Before we can directly address the issue of circumcision as it relates to Passover we must first determine if Scriptures demand fleshy circumcision in order for men to be saved.
Usually two reasons are given by the advocates of circumcision:
• Abraham was circumcised and he was commanded to circumcise all the males of his household.
• Fleshly circumcision is required in the written Torah of Moses.
There are many professed followers of Yahweh that believe they must keep the Torah in order to attain salvation and eternal life.
What has been noticed is that most of these followers have failed to recognize that they have chosen the wrong Torah! The fact of the matter is that there is more than one Torah out there for you to choose from.
Here’s the part you might want to pay close attention to: Keeping the right Torah leads to eternal life and attempting to keep the wrong one is only going to get you an eternal death come Judgment Day.
If you were not aware of such a notion I suggest you jump on the trail of truth with the Ranger to see if any of this stuff pans out.
Now that you’ve got Part 1 under your belt you might still be wondering if that “free ticket” to salvation is as good as you thought it was. You might want to take the sage advice of the Ranger who says don’t think about throwin’ that ticket in the trash until you get Part 2 under your belt.
In two previous posts, The Law and Problematic Paul, Part 1 and Part 2, the Ranger laid out the details regarding the the Torah of Moses (the Law, Old Covenant) and its relationship to the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise.
Additionally, Paul in the New Testament seems to stress the concept of grace and that we are no longer under “the Law.”
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law (Torah of Moses), but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? The deity forbid. (Romans 6:14-15)
Does grace provide a free ticket to salvation?
If you’re scratching your head thinking about the answer, how about we get hop on the the trail of truth.
After perusing Part 1, you might be asking yourself right now, “Isn’t this stuff too complicated to figure out? Why don’t we just play it safe and attempt to keep the Law (Torah of Moses) as best as we can including all of its works. Surely Yahweh knows what is in our hearts and will forgive any ignorance and failings on our part. At some point in the future we will somehow find the truth and adjust our actions accordingly.”
Even if one were to have this attitude it would be wise to note:
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. (James 2:10)
After discussing the issue of “the Law” with several elders and teachers of a few Sacred Name groups recently, the Ranger has come to the stark conclusion that there seems to be a serious lack of understanding regarding the concept of the Torah of Moses (the Law, Old Covenant) and its relationship to the Abrahamic Covenants of Promise (Torah of Trust).
Without this understanding it is virtually impossible for one to properly discuss the terms “Abrahamic Covenants of Promise,” “The Law,” “Works of the Law,” “Torah of Moses,” “Old Covenant,” and “New Covenant.”
If any of you at this point have that “deer in the headlight” stare and want to know what I am talking about then I suggest you proceed to hop on the “Trail of Truth” to find out.