God’s promise to Father Abraham was greatness, exceeding fruitfulness and trans-generational blessings in Genesis 17:1-8.
To consolidate His promise, God instructed Abraham to circumcise every male person in his household as a token of the everlasting covenant between them.
Thus, Genesis 17 Verse 10 reads “This is My covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and your descendants after you. Every male child among you shall be circumcised”
Verse 11 “and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you”.
Verses 12-13 explained that even servants were not left out.
Abraham believed and obeyed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. He also received the fulfillment of God’s promise not only to him but to the generations after him.
What was the need for the covenant? you might ask.
What is a covenant?
It is a treaty, alliance of friendship, a pledge, an obligation between a monarch and his subjects, a constitution. It is a contract which is accompanied by signs, sacrifices and a solemn oath which seal the relationship with promises of blessing for obedience and curses for disobedience.
God just wanted to put a seal on the promise He made to Abraham. Same way He used the rainbow to seal His promise of no flood that will wipe out the earth again to Noah.
In Romans 15:8-9, Apostle Paul wrote ” Now I say that Jesus has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to fathers and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles and sing to Your name”.
Paul further explained to us that we are partakers of a greater and better covenant through the circumcision of Christ. (Romans 3)
Romans chapter 4 reads “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?
Verse. 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something of which to boast but not before God.
Verse 3. For what does the scripture say? Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Verse 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as Grace but as debt.
Verse 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
Verse 6 Just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputed righteousness apart from works.
Verse 7 Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered,
Verse 8 blessed is the man to whom The Lord shall not impute sin.
Verse 9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
Verse 10 How then was it accounted While he was circumcised or uncircumcised. Not while circumcised but while uncircumcised.
Verse 11 And he received the sign of circumcision a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised that he might be the father of all those who believe though they are uncircumcised that righteousness might be imputed to them also,
Verse 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised
Verse 13 The Promise Granted Through Faith. For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.
Colossians 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ .
Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant which was established on better promises.
Hebrews 12:24. to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel .
Verse 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven .
Christ Jesus came to fulfill the law and not abolish it. The fulfillments of all the promises made to the fathers are in Him.
He is all we need to please The Father.