Friday, 26 May 2017

I am Circumcised Spiritually Colossians 2:11 by Susan L.

  I've read the various scriptures about circumcision many times but have never taken the time to investigate the historical context. Thanks, Singing Waters, for adding this to the affirmation list. Thanks again, Google, for being a source of reference.
  It's one of the key scriptures that unlocks a mountain of understanding about other scriptures.
  Circumcision is the Jewish ritual of removing a male's foreskin when the boy is eight days old. It is done because, according to Jewish custom, "this human act marks the completion of the human body. It teaches that spiritual, emotional, ethical, and moral perfection requires human effort. God cannot do this." (Chadabad.org)
  Now I understand why Jesus says we have been circumcised in Him! It's all part of the New Covenant His life and death and eternal life brought into the world. His covenant overrides the power of the laws given to Moses.

  I'm curious, is this another reason why, historically, Jewish women are seen as less than because they have not undergone this rite of completion?
  Bat Mitzvah's are a twentieth century invention. It's the female version of a Bar Mitzvah where a boy becomes a man through ceremonial readings. The Bat Mitzvah rites still hold to a lot of traditions that exclude women from the religious practices given to men based solely on gender. For example, women cannot read the Torah, the Jewish holy book, in front of men. Just wondering how these attitudes percolate through society in general. (Google has a lot of information about these rites of passage.)
  How have these attitudes percolated through Christianity?
  Sorry, I got off on a bunny trail there...
 
  I can feel puzzle pieces falling together. (Grace! Grace! Grace!)
  Jesus isn't gender specific in His declaration of circumcision. A woman can be circumcised in Christ just like a man can be the Bride.
  My goodness! He turned the world upside down, didn't He?
  In Christ, gender is superseded by personhood, by the value of my, our, being.
  This new knowledge drives home a further understanding of the lengths God went to for us. This understanding is already helping me see His Word differently.
  Sooooo, what does all this mean? It means I am, we are, complete, redeemed, whole, washed clean by the Blood of the Lamb. It's a done deal. Fait acompli. Signed, stamped, sealed and delivered. Amen!
  There's nothing I can do or say that will ever change this.
  It's another, "Wow!" day!
  "And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." Col 2:13-14
 
 
 

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