Circumcision, a Sign?

Directly from the King James Version of the Bible, I’d like to explore the concept behind the “Covenant” between God and His Faithful.

(Gen 17:1 KJV) And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

(Gen 17:2 KJV) And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

(Gen 17:3 KJV) And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

(Gen 17:4 KJV) As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

(Gen 17:5 KJV) Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

(Gen 17:6 KJV) And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

(Gen 17:7 KJV) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

(Gen 17:8 KJV) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

(Gen 17:9 KJV) And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

(Gen 17:10 KJV) This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

(Gen 17:11 KJV) And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

(Gen 17:12 KJV) And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

(Gen 17:13 KJV) He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

(Gen 17:14 KJV) And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

(Gen 17:15 KJV) And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

(Gen 17:16 KJV) And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

(Gen 17:17 KJV) Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

(Gen 17:18 KJV) And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

(Gen 17:19 KJV) And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

(Gen 17:20 KJV) And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

(Gen 17:21 KJV) But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

(Gen 17:22 KJV) And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

(Gen 17:23 KJV) And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

(Gen 17:24 KJV) And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

(Gen 17:25 KJV) And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

(Gen 17:26 KJV) In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.

(Gen 17:27 KJV) And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

By Scripture we are told this is the “Sign of the Covenant” between God and Abraham, okay, all is well, at least according to the KJV of the Bible.

However, if my father went for a walk one day and came back to the house and gathered all the men and boys, servants, slaves and freemen and said “If you’re going to continue to stay in my house it’s going to cost the skin off the end of your manhood….” first, I’d be packing my bags, second I’d think I’d be calling the psyche ward for Pops. To have this done at eight days old is one thing, at adulthood or even 99 years, say what?

I find this to be one of the most ludicrous things about the covenant. The Foreskin, of all the parts of the body, why that?

I’ve been told it’s for hygienic reasons, I’ve been told it’s simply “God’s Word” so I don’t think anyone can say for sure, but every Christian or Jew I ever met in the locker room stood out like a sore, thumb.

If “God”, the Creator, in all his infinite wisdom and awesome power, omniscient being and so forth had one, created humans, and two, required a physical “sign” of their allegiance to Him, do you not think that could have been designed into us as a lump on our head, a third ear or other such identifiable body modification?

Oh, but one must be a Believer to have the mark of his covenant upon them!” is the first retort I’ve heard. So then newborns “Believe” at 8 days old? “Belief” has been instilled in a squirming lump of flesh that can’t even feed itself? Really?

I don’t know, but this is one of the many things in the Scripture that makes me wonder many things, but at the top of the list is the validity of such a book and it’s being the actual, unquestionable “Word of God”. As I’ve said many times, it is very likely inspired by “God” through firm Believers and thus represents the messages they have received from our Creator, but as being his word, chiseled in stone? I have to think otherwise.

In all actuality, think about it. In Genesis we are told that “God’s” creations were “good”, “right”, “beautiful” and many other descriptions of perfection, after all, “God” is omniscient and the definition of perfection, right? So by Abram, or Abraham, giving the orders of modifying “God’s creation” of man, isn’t that in essence defiling perfection?

This certainly seems more like a man made fetish than something “God” would find necessary!

Blessings of Peace,



One response to this post.

  1. I’m voting for the hygiene theory. Moses had his followers not eat pork (no fridge), nor bottom-feeding fish (heavy metal contamination), and w/ no shower – avoid infection of one’s privates. In keeping with the stories – When they sold their brother into slavery, the “Egyptian” proved he was a “Jew” by showing his brothers that he’d been circumcised. I think drawing a fish in the dirt was a much simpler way for the Christians to identify each other, doncha think?
    With my last son, I had to tell the nurses REPEATEDLY that they were not to perform a circumcision — they just didn’t get it!


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