The b’rit-milah is as important in the walk of a gentile follower of Yeshua as it is for every Jewish family. After all, the son of Adonai had a bris at eight days and was given the name Yeshua, the name appointed for the unique son of Adonai. The bris is as powerful and significant for followers of Yeshua just as being immersed in water to show forth a committed walk, honoring the Biblical Sabbath created by Adonai, entering into the covenant of marriage where two become one flesh, living out Torah as Yeshua taught his disciples, and even not eating ‘unclean’ foods as outlined in Leviticus chapter 11 and explained by Peter in Acts chapter 10.
The covenant of mercy is the eighth covenant given in Torah, a covenant Adonai made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The word for ‘mercy’ in Hebrew is rachum and means ‘compassionate.’ Listening to Adonai’s rulings, keeping and obeying His mitzvot brings forth His compassionate mercif
The number eight holds the Biblical vision for ‘new beginnings’ as in the Simchat Torah celebration. Dedication ceremonies for the Temple, the anointing oil and the Altar also lasted eight days hence the re-dedication of the Altar at Hanukkah lasting for eight days. Jewish baby boys were, and still are, circumcised and named on the eighth day in a ceremony called a b’rit-milah.