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Circumcision signified fundamentally

the removal of defilement or uncleanness

in order that one might participate in the covenant blessings.

Exod. 6:12, 6:30; Lev. 19:23; 26:41; Deut. 10:16; 30:6; Jer. 4:4; 6:10; 9:25.

Why circumcision?

1. associated with sexual organ of reproduction

as a sign of God’s covenant promise to make Israel’s seed to be fruitful (many descendants).

2. the cutting off of flesh

as a symbolic oath in covenant-making. That is, cutting-off a part as a sign of being cut-off from the people of God if covenant is broken. Compare with John 15 gardener ‘cuts-clean’ or ‘cuts-off’

3. removal of foreskin

symbolic significance relates to the removal of a barrier (closing/covering) to fruitfulness.

Also used of:

“uncircumcised fruit” Leviticus 19:23

“uncircumcised lips” Exodus 6:12,30

“uncircumcised ears” Jeremiah 6:10

“uncircumcised hearts” Leviticus 26:41

Note: something uncircumcised is “closed in”. Thus uncircumcised ears hear imperfectly, uncircumcised lips open and speak with difficulty and uncircumcised hearts are closed so as to be unable to understand.

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I like the titles of these two sermons on baptism and the Lord’s table:

Baptism “A New Wardrobe”

The Lord’s Table ” A Feast in a Fast Food World”

Source: Michael Horton, 2008 Reformation Heritage Conference Lectures



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Baptism in a grave

In parts of India where there is not much water they will dig a grave, line the bottom with white sheets. The one getting baptised will be laid in the grave and covered with another white sheet. A small amount of water will be sprinkled on top of the sheet, and it will then be whipped off of the person. The person will then climb out of the grave.

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