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[Solved] What Is The Significance Of The Covenant Of Circumcision?

To begin, let me introduce two terms. The first of these is “paedobaptism,” which refers to the practice of baptizing children (paedo = child) 😊 This term signifies one major approach to the subject of baptism 👍 It should be noted, in introducing this term, that there are a variety of approaches to paedobaptism. Reformed paedobaptism is the view I’ll describe and defend. This view precludes the paedobaptist position of “baptismal regeneration,” which is the view that the baptism of children signifies that baptized children are regenerated by or at the point of baptism. These views are held by Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic traditions. [1]
To begin, let me introduce two terms. The first of these is “paedobaptism,” which refers to the practice of baptizing children (paedo = child). This is the main approach to the topic of baptism. In introducing the term, it should be remembered that paedobaptism can take many forms. Reformed paedobaptism is the view I’ll describe and defend. This view precludes the paedobaptist position of “baptismal regeneration,” which is the view that the baptism of children signifies that baptized children are regenerated by or at the point of baptism. This view is held by Roman Catholic and Lutheran traditions. Manu Rock revised the text on October 31, 2020. [2]
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The circumcision is the sign of God’s covenant with Abraham (Gen 17:9–14), but it was also widely practiced in the ancient Near East (the method, though, wasn’t always the same). Jeremiah 9:25–26 notes that Israel’s neighbors were circumcised. Also, archaeologists found it in Syria as well as Phoenicia. It is believed that Egyptian circumcision dates back to around 2200 BCE, hundreds of years before the Israelites were made slaves. Israelite men may have even submitted to Egyptian circumcision while in Egypt, since Joshua commanded the men crossing into the Promised Land to be re-circumcised in order to “roll away the reproach of Egypt” (Josh 5:2, 9). Evidence suggests circumcision didn’t distinguish Israelite men and their foreign neighbours. Leeandra Mikaud amended this article on December 7, 2020 [3]
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Elisabeth Brand lionelwindsor.net, describes how we’ve seen the way that Genesis 12-22 describes two distinct but related covenants. God gives Abraham a two-fold set of promises involving, firstly, nationhood (land and seed, inheritance and heir, Gen 12:1–2c) and, secondly, international blessing (Gen 12:2d–3). Abraham’s faith in the promise of seed (Gen 15:6) is the basis for a covenantal commitment by God to give the land to Abraham (Gen 15:7–21). Abraham’s loyalty (Gen 17:1), displayed in his willingness to trust God even to the point of sacrificing the seed of the promise, is the basis for a covenantal commitment by God to bless all nations through Abraham and his great, numerous seed (Gen 17, Gen 22:15–18). Abraham’s children after him must also follow in the footsteps of Abraham’s faith and loyalty in order for international blessing to be accomplished (Gen 18:18–19). The constantly recurring question in the whole of Genesis-Kings is the question of the identity of the “seed” who will mediate international blessing, especially in the light of the recurring failure of the majority of Abraham’s physical descendants (e.g. 2 Kgs 17:20, “And Yahweh rejected the whole seed of Israel”). The focus narrows down onto a “royal” seed, one from the line of David, for whom God will establish an “everlasting kingdom” (2 Sam 7). Modified by Victoria Ashley (Denver, United States) on January 5, 2020 [4]
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Refer to the Article

  1. https://thirdmill.org/files/english/html/th/TH.h.Glodo.Signs.1.html
  2. https://www.thirdmill.org/files/english/html/th/th.h.glodo.signs.1.html
  3. https://www.biblestudymagazine.com/bible-study-magazine-blog/2017/1/12/why-circumcision
  4. http://www.lionelwindsor.net/2010/02/02/what-is-the-significance-of-circumcision-in-genesis/
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