Circumcision of the heart…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Joshua 5:1-7

 

As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.

 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.”

 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.

 And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt.

 Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised.

 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

 So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised. For they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.

 

 

Circumcision, the physical mark of God’s touch in our life, a sign given to remind us of a promise, is evident in the genuine believer who has begun to follow Christ. For us it is a circumcision of the heart, mind, will and emotions. It is a sign that we follow Christ.

 

[Rom 2:29 KJV] 29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

 

It is the Holy Spirit’s cutting away the lusts of the flesh – that would be selfish desires. We no longer follow our own agenda in life, it has been replaced with God’s. Before entering our ‘promised land,’ a life of abundance as Christ promised,

 

[Jhn 10:10 KJV] 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

 

we give up everything including our will and desires. Christ says those who give up all to follow Him will gain all.

 

[Mar 8:35 KJV] 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

 

It is an exchange; our way for His way and the result is an abundant life. That would be more life than we need. Can we bless His name?

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