4 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Genesis 17:23

  1. I am a HUGE procrastinator, as is evidenced by my “to do” list for the rest of the evening…

    Post “Spectacular Sins” answers for my online book club…

    Bake cookies for the upcoming Valentine’s Banquet at church…

    Read through the dinner theatre script I have to present to my drama team tomorrow evening…

    Pay bills… balance the checkbooks…

    The list could go on and on. Thankfully, my Jesus didn’t procrastinate.

    “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)

    May my obedience be as immediate! 🙂

  2. Heather,

    That Scripture from Romans is the perfect ending to that article. But you shared it with me TOO LATE!! Smile!!! Thanks for the comment.



  3. what i have found interesting about this narrative in Genesis is that the circumcision comes right after Hagar has given birth to Ishmael. we all know the story…i believe that one of the points is that God is reminding Abram that God is Lord over every part of Abram’s life and that at this point Abram has been disobedient by lying with Hagar and not trusting God. Abram would be reminded of that everyday…trust God, not in yourself. God is Lord over all of me even my reproduction…it was a very good object lesson for Abram and for the rest of Israel..trust in the Lord..that is why the Hebrews were circumcized as they left Egypt…trust in the Lord, do not take things into your own hands! :-)..


  4. Yes, Ishmael was born to the uncircumcised Abram, while Isaac was was born to the circumcised Abraham. The symbolic significance of circumcision comes by understanding the name of the piece of flesh that is removed. Although circumcision means “to cut around,” the piece of flesh removed is call the “orlah” in Hebrew, meaning “a barrier standing in the way of a beneficial result.” So, the sinful habits that encourage us not to change our ways are called the “orlah” of the heart (Lev. 26:41; Jer. 9:25; Ezek. 44:7). I have a whole teaching on this, but we begin to see that circumcision involves much more that a simple act or surgery. It involves a cutting away of the sinful habits of the heart.

    Thanks for you nice comments.



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