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Circumcision of The Heart

“Circumcise (dedicate, sanctify) yourselves to the LORD and remove the foreskin [sins] of your heart…” Jeremiah 4:4

In Genesis 17, God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. The LORD told Abraham that every male was to be circumcised in the flesh of their foreskin. Circumcision requires the removal of the layer of skin that covers the glans of the male’s reproductive organ. God tells Abraham that this will be a token (a sign or a symbol) of the covenant between Him and Abraham, throughout the generations (ref Gen 17:11-12). 

One might ask the significance behind the Lord requiring circumcision in order for the people to receive the promise from Him? We must also look at another important fact regarding circumcision, which is that women cannot be physically circumcised. We know that God is a just God and surely, He wouldn’t only allow men to receive the promise and exclude women. These things point to the fact that there’s something deeper the Lord wants us to understand about this covenant and the circumcision. Later in Scripture, we read about God wanting His people to have a circumcision of the heart. This leads us to wonder: how can one’s heart be circumcised; and what is God really wanting to convey to us?

Although men and women have differences in the way God formed their bodies, there are quite a few parts that were created to function the same.have. One part of both male and female anatomy that functions the same is the heart. Everyone is born with a heart as it is an essential organ that keeps the body alive and functioning properly. Very simply put, the heart is a muscle that pumps blood to all parts of the body. When there’s a blockage in the heart it can cause many health issues to arise in an individual such as: low blood pressure, heart attack, damage to other internal organs and even cardiac arrest. In the natural realm, the heart shouldn’t be taken lightly as it can affect one’s health.

If we view this with a spiritual lens, we can identify the issues that could arise in a person whose heart hasn’t been circumcised. 2 Corinthians 3:15-16 speaks about people having a veil of blindness over their hearts preventing them from seeing or perceiving the Law. A veil is something that conceals or covers. Scripture says that when a person turns to the Lord in repentance and seeks the truth, then that veil is removed. If Scripture is saying that a veil is over the heart, then we can see that it’s being blocked or obstructed. 

Matthew 13:15 also speaks about a people whose hearts are waxed gross; meaning there’s fat on their heart. This type of condition will cause an individual to begin to spiritually decline in their walk with Christ. If one cannot see the Law, then they cannot see Truth and are easily deceived. Eventually, it leads an individual to think they’re walking upright, but they’re walking in error according to Scripture. There’s no life, no excitement for God’s Word, no transformation and the blood of Christ isn’t flowing freely in this individual.

In biblical times, a natural circumcision couldn’t bring the people any closer to the LORD. The people were walking out God’s Word according to the letter of the Law; meaning, they were attempting to keep the Law by physically doing and not doing certain rituals, including physical circumcision. However, God desires that we walk this out by the Spirit of the Law, and understand that the inward circumcision is what truly pleases Him. The Apostle Paul speaks about those that are outwardly, or physically circumcised, yet, they don’t keep the Law of God because they don’t have the right understanding. 

“Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps [the spirit of] the Law will judge you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, break the Law. For he is not a [real] Jew who is only one outwardly, nor is [true] circumcision something external and physical. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and [true] circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by [the fulfillment] of the letter [of the Law].” Romans 2:27-29

This Christian walk is all about the transformation of our minds and our hearts. The Bible tells us to be transformed by renewing our minds (ref Rom 12:2). God tells us that He wants us to circumcise our hearts and remove the desire to sin, so that we are able to love Him with all our heart and soul, and live as recipients of the blessing (ref Deut 30:6)

Saints, we’re called to sanctify ourselves, and that can only happen if we learn how to hear the voice of the Lord. He speaks to us through His Word, but we need to understand His language. If you’re wanting to begin the process of having your heart circumcised, we want to invite you to visit our website and sign up for our monthly orientation. There you will receive more information about our weekly Bible study classes. Visit our website and join us in pursuing a greater understanding of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

Shalom my brothers and sisters!

“In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off the body of the flesh [the sinful nature], having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through your faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:11 

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