July 3: God’s unique relationship with Israel

In ancient days when people, or nations made covenants (contracts) they “cut” the covenant by sacrificing an animal. The blood of the sacrifice was a warning what would happen to either side if they broke the covenant.

But when God made a covenant with Abraham, only God “cut the covenant.”  In fact, God put Abraham to sleep while God “walked” between the pieces of the sacrifice!  Abraham was not required to do anything to keep the covenant; it was unconditional.  Only God was responsible to keep the terms of the covenant.

However, Abraham was required to respond. But the response was not to be the blood of a sacrifice, but of Abraham’s own blood!  Until today the circumcision of Jewish boys is the sign of the unique covenant God made with Israel!

Genesis 17:9-14

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.  He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO REMEMBER AND CHERISH HER UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD EVIDENCED BY THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT.

This weeks' Photographs of Rosh Pina, in the Upper Galilee valley
This week’s photographs from Rosh Pina, in the Upper Galilee valley

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