This is episode 8 of our series: I will be a God to You and to Your Children. Last time we looked at circumcision, about which we saw that, just as with the bloodshed of the sacrifice of pigeons, bulls, goats, and lambs, by the time we get to the prophets, Yahweh seems positively disinterested in physical circumcision. Jeremiah 4:4 and 9:25-26 speak of a figurative, spiritual circumcision. In those places, we have explicit evidence that physical circumcision, like animal sacrifice, was intended to be temporary and typological. It was never intended to be permanent. By contrast, however, we do not see the same revocation of initiation of infants into the visible, covenant community. Instead, what we do find (as we have seen in earlier episodes) is the continuing Abrahamic pattern: I will be a God to you and to your children. In this episode we want to tackle head-on the question of the relation of the Mosaic and Abrahamic covenants.
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