MONDAY February 27, 2023
The Covenant of Circumcision
“Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs.”
In Genesis 17, Almighty God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham. Even though he was 99 years old, God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, and that kings would come from his lineage. The land of Canaan would be given to his descendants as an everlasting possession.
He was also given the covenant of circumcision. Abraham and every male child would need to be circumcised. This would be a sign of the covenant made between God and Abraham. At the age of 100 years old, the promised child was born. Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old (Genesis 21:3-5).
Later, Isaac married Rebekah (Genesis 24). She gave birth to Jacob and Esau––twins (Genesis 25:21-27). Rebekah’s son Jacob married Leah and Rachel. He fathered twelve sons who became the twelve patriarchs of the tribes of Israel.
The Apostle Paul, being a Pharisee, explained fully why God’s people were so special, and he explained clearly the covenants given to them:
For I could wish that I myself were accursed—cut off from Christ—for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen, who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen (Romans 9:3-5 NET).
Israel has an amazing, privileged history! I love the Jewish people. Pray about visiting Israel with us next year. You will see many historical sites as you walk through the places where Jesus lived, died and rose again!
We thank God for the Jewish people, whose love and loyalty, brilliance and bravery, resilience and resolve, spirit and strength bless America and the world.
~Donald J. Trump~