Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
February 25 Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 10-12
Food for Thought: Deut. 10:16
As a permanent sign of the covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendants, the Lord commanded all males to be circumcised. Unfortunately, though they all had the outward sign of being God’s chosen people, their hearts were full of rebellion. So Moses urged them to “Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer (vs. 16).” The most indicative sign of a people belonging to the One true God would be a “circumcised heart,” with the removal of all stubbornness, pride, and rebellion, leaving only submission and humility.
So it is with us today, only now, the Lord has performed the circumcision of the heart for us. All we have to do was humbly come to Him, ready for the removal of the old flesh. Paul reassured the Gentiles he preached the Gospel to that they, too, had been circumcised, only in the spirit. In Colossians 2:11, 12 he says, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” This was very good news for those Gentiles who did not have the external sign that the Jews had, (some Jewish believers were requiring physical circumcision in order for them to be saved), and it is good news for us, too. Christ did it for us, and now the eternal, irreversible sign of our covenant with God is in Him.
So when the Father looks on us, we are identified as one of His because of the spiritual circumcision that has taken place. Our hearts will forever bear the sign of the removal of the old flesh, revealing the new man in Christ.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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