January 25, 2013 – Rainbows, Circumcision, Sabbath

What does a rainbow, circumcision, and the Sabbath have in common?  Today I looked up ‘sign of the covenant’ in my lexicon and three verses popped up.

1.  Genesis 9:12 “And Yahweh said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come ….”

This sign of covenant was given to Noah after the flood.  It was made between the Creator and all mankind.  It was a rainbow. The rainbow is a beautiful reminder of the Creator’s faithfulness for all generations.

2. Genesis 17:11 “You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.”

This sign of covenant was given to Abraham.  It was made between El Shaddai and a man of faith. The faith sign was circumcision.   Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness.   Abraham is called the father of  faith for both the Jew and the nations who have put their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Rom. 4).

Paul explained the deeper meaning of  circumcision in Romans chapter 2 when he says that “true circumcision is not of the flesh but of the heart.”  It was the condition of Abraham’s heart that brought forth the evidence: the sign of circumcision.

3:  Exodus 31:13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.  They will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I AM YHWH, who makes you holy.”

This sign of covenant was given to the Israelites.  It was made between God and His people of covenant.  It was the sign that would show them they are set apart to the One they called YHWH – Yahweh.  It was not a sign for the nations around them, but a sign between them – the mixed multitude that was delivered and redeemed out of Egypt – and Yahweh who set them apart from all other nations as his cherished possession.

What does a rainbow, circumcision and Sabbath have in common for me?  They are signs that I am in a covenant relationship with the Covenant Maker.

I am one of mankind who has personally experienced God’s faithfulness to his promises.  Through faith in the promised seed of salvation, I entered into a personal covenant relationship with God Almighty through Yeshua.    I received the circumcision of the heart which is the essence of the prophesied new covenant and instituted by Yeshua (Jer. 31, Ez.  36, Lke 22).   The teachings and commandments were written on my new flesh heart and I entered into the commonwealth of Israel with great joy as a ‘praiser of God’  (Rom. 2, Eph. 2).   Because I have been grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel, Sabbath is the sign that it is Yahweh who set me apart as one of his treasured possessions (Rom. 11).

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