It really is simple, circumcision is a command of the Torah, if one wishes to enter the family of Yisra’el they are to be circumcised. This sets us apart from all other nations, it is one of a very few ‘signs’ that Yahweh established as a covenant between Him and His people.
Circumcision is in the Torah and it is in the Prophets. Torah was given as a Law forever and for both the native Yisra’elite and the adopted sons. If Yahweh is your Father and you wish to dwell in the shadow of His wings, you follow His House rules.
Gen 17:9 And Elohim said to Abraham, “As for you, guard My covenant, you and your seed after you throughout their generations.
Gen 17:10 “This is My covenant which you guard between Me and you, and your seed after you: Every male child among you is to be circumcised.
Gen 17:11 “And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall become a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
Gen 17:12 “And a son of eight days is circumcised by you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with silver from any foreigner who is not of your seed.
Gen 17:13 “He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your silver, has to be circumcised. So shall My covenant be in your flesh, for an everlasting covenant.
Gen 17:14 “And an uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, his life shall be cut off from his people – he has broken My covenant.”
This comes from the Torah! “Do not add to nor take away from the words of this Torah”. What is in the Torah cannot be done away with by man. Paul proves himself to be a false teacher in this issue more so than any of the other issues, and by Torah, specifically Debarim 13, we are to have nothing more to do with any teaching of Paul, whether it is right or wrong.
Gen 17:23 And Abraham took Yishmaʽĕl his son, and all those born in his house and all those bought with his silver, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that same day, as Elohim told him.
Gen 17:24 And Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Gen 17:25 And Yishmaʽĕl his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Gen 17:26 Abraham and his son Yishmaʽĕl were circumcised that same day.
Gen 17:27 And all the men of his house, born in the house or bought with silver from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
This 1st verse in Chapter 52 of Yeshayahu is Prophetic to our future.
Isa 52:1 Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Tsiyon, put on your garments of splendor, O Yerushalayim, the set-apart city! For no more do the uncircumcised and the unclean come into you.
Jer 4:4 “Circumcise yourselves unto יהוה, and take away the foreskins of your hearts, you men of Yehudah and inhabitants of Yerushalayim, lest My wrath come forth like fire and burn, with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.”
Jer 4:14 O Yerushalayim, wash your heart from evil, and be saved. Till when would your wicked thoughts remain within you?
The command to all Yisra’el was to circumcise both the foreskin of the flesh and the foreskin of the heart. These are acts that are the responsibility of us if we are sons of Yahweh. As Torah states this covenant is for both the native and the sojourner.
In Yehezqel (Ezekiel) we are told that in the millennial reign we will not be able to enter the Hekal (Temple) of Yahweh unless we are circumcised both in the flesh and in the heart. The following verses are part of a larger prophetic writing that is prophetic to our future and relates to the Hekal that will exist when Messiah returns and reigns.
Eze 44:6 and shall say to the rebellious, to the house of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “O house of Yisra’ĕl, enough of all these abominations of yours,
Eze 44:7 that you brought in sons of a foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My set-apart place to profane it, My house! That you brought near My food, the fat and the blood, and you broke My covenant because of all your abominations.
Eze 44:8 “And you did not guard the charge of that which is set-apart to Me, but you have set others to guard the charge of My set-apart place for you.”
Eze 44:9 ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “No son of a foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, comes into My set-apart place, even any son of a foreigner who is among the children of Yisra’ĕl.
Eze 44:10 “And the Lĕwites who went far from Me, when Yisra’ĕl went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their crookedness.
Yahusha Messiah was circumcised on the eighth day of His life.
Luk 2:21 And when eight days were completed for Him to be circumcised, His Name was called יהושע, the Name given by the messenger before He was conceived in the womb.
Act 7:8 “And He gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so he brought forth Yitshaq and circumcised him on the eighth day. And Yitshaq brought forth Yaʽaqob, and Yaʽaqob brought forth the twelve ancestors.
“Not one jot or tittle will change from the Torah or the Prophets until heaven and earth disappear”
What does Paul have to say about circumcision?
Act 15:1 And certain men came down from Yehudah and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised, according to the practice of Mosheh, you are unable to be saved.”
Act 15:2 So when Sha’ul and Barnabah had no small dissension and dispute with them, they arranged for Sha’ul and Barnabah and certain others of them to go up to Yerushalayim, to the emissaries and elders, about this question.
Act 15:3 So, being sent on their way by the assembly, they passed through Phoenicia and Shomeron, relating the conversion of the gentiles. And they were causing great joy to all the brothers.
The ‘assembly’ here are the elders of the congregation in Yerushalayim, consisting of the true emissaries of Messiah, those who walked and talked and touched and loved Yahusha Messiah, those who had followed Him from the beginning. This is not a Talmudic command, it is Torah. And they sent Paul away, and without any conclusion of the issue. There is nothing about the elders agreeing with Paul on the issue of circumcision. So, we must go back to the Torah for the answer. The Covenant of the Circumcision must stand as stated in the Torah and the Prophets.
Rom 3:30 since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief.
Rom 3:31 Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.
On the contrary, he is not upholding the Torah by taking away a covenant established (commanded) by Yahweh in the Torah. Paul here is establishing his own ‘torah’ as he has established his own gospel. Nowhere in all the Scripture does it say that the uncircumcised are or will be saved.
Rom 4:9 Is this blessing then upon the circumcised only, or also upon the uncircumcised? For we affirm: Belief was reckoned unto Abraham for righteousness.
Rom 4:10 How then was it reckoned? Being in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Rom 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the belief while in uncircumcision, for him to be a father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be reckoned to them also,
Rom 4:12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the belief which our father Abraham had in uncircumcision.
The covenant of circumcision had absolutely nothing to do with righteousness. Abraham was deemed righteous by Yahweh because he believed Yahweh and followed Him. He had left his family and traveled to the land of Kena’an on faith. Abraham was a righteous man. Yahweh established the covenant of circumcision to set His people apart from all other nations. Show me Scripture that blesses the uncircumcised.
1Co 7:18 Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.
1Co 7:19 The circumcision is naught, and the uncircumcision is naught, but the guarding of the commands of Elohim does matter!
1Co 7:20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
Another out and out lie!! He is not guarding the commands of Elohim if the command is to be circumcised in the Torah. Yahweh had a reason and a purpose for the circumcision, Paul does not have the authority to change the Torah. If these changes were to be made, Yahusha Messiah would have made them while He walked with His emissaries, He would have been the only One with the authority, but He did not change anything in the Torah, He truly upheld His own Torah.
Gal 5:1 In the freedom with which Messiah has made us free, stand firm, then, and do not again be held with a yoke of slavery.
Gal 5:2 See, I, Sha’ul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Messiah shall be of no use to you.
Gal 5:3 And I witness again to every man being circumcised that he is a debtor to do the entire Torah.
Gal 5:4 You who are declared right by Torah have severed yourselves from Messiah, you have fallen from favour.
Gal 5:5 For we, in Spirit, by belief, eagerly wait for the expectation of righteousness.
Gal 5:6 For in Messiah יהושע neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but belief working through love.
Lies!! Not one jot or tittle!! Paul, the Pharisee of Pharisees, bound by oath as a Talmud Jew to purposely lie and to destroy the gentile.
I feel sorry for Paul for; The judgment that is given to those that lead people astray, and the billions of people who he has led astray over two thousand years of his doctrines through the doctrines of the ‘church’. As The Prophets stated: “Woe to the shepherds that lead My people astray”.
And after all this false teaching about circumcision, including the statement about Bringing the Messiah to naught if you are gentile and get circumcised, what does Paul do?
Act 16:3 Sha’ul wished to have this one go with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Yehudim who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
If he was teaching against circumcision, why on earth would he circumcise this person he wants to take with him? How would the Yahudim know whether this person was or was not circumcised?
Make up your mind Paul! Did Paul care enough about this person to want him to be saved knowing that circumcision is a salvational issue? Would it matter if all the other lies he preached would have condemned him? Why did so many of those who followed Paul for a time, end up leaving him? In my research, I also found that Luke was not the best buddy friend of Paul that it would appear. Luke actually reveals many of the lies of Paul and other dubious associations.
Circumcision is still a requirement to become a member of the family of Yisra’el and a son of Yahweh. And circumcision of the heart is required of both men and women. Not one jot or tittle…