Covenant Promises

Abraham named his son who was born to him – the one Sarah bore to him – Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him. Genesis 21:3-4 HCSB

My son, Jonathan, got married recently. I had the privilege of officiating at the wedding. As a part of the ceremony he and his bride exchanged rings as a symbol of their love for one another and as a reminder of the promises they had made to each other. Just as a ring is a never-ending circle, it represents a never-ending love and commitment to one another.

Circumcision is a ritual of Judaism that is performed even to this day. The circumcision of Isaac when he was eight days old was a ritual performed as a representation of the covenant relationship between God and His people. Abraham did this to indicate that he understood that Isaac was a part of fulfilling the covenant promises God had made.

Challenge: The circumcision was a foreshadowing of the death of Christ. It would hurt both the Father and the Son alike, but it was necessary for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of mankind. God has made a covenant promise to you. If you believe in Jesus and make Him the Lord of your life, God promises to forgive your sins and give you eternal life.

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