Warning: this post talks about private parts.
What do we know about circumcision? We know that we can have a circumcision of the penis and of the heart. Let’s look at the circumcision of the penis since it is a physical thing that YHVH has ordered after the spiritual thing He calls “circumcision of the heart.” We can easily see the properties of man’s circumcision, so let’s explore that, in order to figure out a spiritual thing: in order to know and understand circumcision of the heart.
<Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.>
I find this Scripture very interesting as Paul is saying “keeping God’s commands is what counts”, and circumcision falls under the category of “God’s commands.” Here, contextually, you’ll find that Paul was making a point: It is not your job to lord over people using the commands, well, at least not all of them. I say not all of them because in some circumstances it is appropriate to “do” something about it, but not in all circumstances.The purpose of the commands is not for service to man’s adulterated need to have authority over people, is the point of Paul’s argument against the Jews as the Gentiles are finding their footing on the path towards a life lived in abundance. Recalcitrant Jews made Paul’s job, and the Gentiles who were being ministered to by Paul, more difficult than it had to be. Yet, Gentiles are warned not be haughty when seeing the natural branches being cut off, for YHVH is able to graft them back in again. The learning process is sometimes very painful for all involved.
<For in Messiah Yeshua neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.>
<Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh.>
<No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.>
<The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.>
Circumcision of the penis:
- takes extra skin away from penis
- allows the penis to be made cleaner member
- thus allowing it to function better
- a dirty penis gets in the way of living as it needs constant care, when if it were circumcised, the issue would be moot.
- more play in member so that it may be better for sex as some claim
Circumcision of the heart: applying what we know about what the heart represents in life and what we know about how a physical circumcision works let us reason.
The heart is the place where
- emotions are stored
- desires that guide life are stored
- physically, it pumps life throughout the whole body
Using logic, we can surmise that The Creator is telling us that we are born not only with extra… down there, but also with extra in a spiritual way. What can that extra spiritual stuff do to get in the way? Why is it there? Who put it there? How might that extra be used to control people and guide them away from the love of The Savior? Is it true that Our Savior’s character includes holding men responsible for decisions (decisions that stemmed from desires or emotions in the heart) made by allowing unjust decisions to drive men to a darkened heart with futile thoughts, while making just decisions further circumcises the heart of the upright, ensuring His loved ones handle the light that is His light with skill and grace? Is that love, even though it does not feel good or comfortable from time to time?
Scripture teaches that when a man makes an unjust decision ( a decision the stemmed from the desires and beliefs residing in his darkened heart), he is without excuse as the convictions to make the right choice, however arduous the right choice was presented to him as, and the understanding of The Creator’s light and truth were made known to the man. He willingly chose to do evil, knowing it was unjust. Therefore, it is just for The Father to act in love for the good of all whose faith is shown by the works they choose to put their hand to. In fact, God would be liar if he did not judge man’s actions based on truth. This knowledge can be found in the second part of Romans Chapter 1 where it describes the manifold darkness that overcomes the poor people who chose not to walk in faith. May YHVH strengthen them, when those ancient doors are opened in them again.