Deut 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Title of today’s message: The Substance and the Shadow of circumcision.
Deuteronomy 10:16King James Version (KJV)
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
Circumcision is designed for two goals: one to love God and two is to love His Word. We shall prove this in the coming verses.
Circumcision is the family mark from the family of Abraham and all descendants who will keep the covenant of loving the Father and His Word from generation to generation until Jesus shows up.
Circumcision is the Father’s first duty in the next generation.
When the Father arrives on the boy on the eighth day; knife makes the introductions between them.
When the knife has introduced the two to one another then a prophetic family name is given to the son.
This is the procedure of introducing a son to the family and his assignments to this family are locked in his name.
Moses has twice mentioned the Substance of Circumcision : the Heart.
Abraham and the Fathers of Israel have performed circumcision on the flesh of reproductive organ which is the Shadow.
When the Fathers of Israel were circumcising the Shadow which is the foreskin God the Father of spirits (hearts) was circumcising the Substance which is the heart.
This is what Moses explained in Deuteronomy chapter 10 and chapter 30.
The Substance was already there in Heaven: The Body of Christ that we are and the Shadow was on earth which is the Physical Body and the foreskin.
The natural Israel were introduced into the culture of the Body of Christ which was waiting to manifest in the last days.
This Body is made of Sons and not Church members.
This was a Body that was circumcised by Father God in their hearts.
Which means they were a repentant sons.
If you read these two chapters in Deuteronomy Moses is calling Israel to repentance.
He is saying they must not be stiff-necked people.
Now the part of stiff-neck; I will allow Dad to teach about it. It is very interesting and I want to give the explanation to him as he does it best.
Circumcised sons are Repentant Sons.
This is the heart of my message today.
At what rate are members repentant as compared to sons?
Repentant sons are sons who are ever ready to receive a Software Upgrade from their fathers with fast changing seasons.
The success of the IT companies depend on how fast they grab the knowledge of upgrades that come from time to time in the industry.
When a son is given an Upgrade instruction it does not even take 5 minutes.
When a member is instructed to repent he/she does not see it as upgrade opportunity and will hop from one church to another and only repent when he is terminally sick maybe after 10 years.
A member will only repent when you say a car or a house is on the way or healing is on the way.
A son repent to prepare for the next generation and not for selfish reasons.
The kind of battles we fight today are upgraded everyday by the enemy and only an upgraded sons will lead armies to the battle.
There are some battles that only sons can win and not members.
Members need only motivational messages but sons know that repentance is an opportunity of upgrade.
In the time of church business only a motivational book can be a best seller not a book to sons.
I did not expect to come to this angle so soon; I thought we will first read Deuteronomy 10 and 30 thoroughly before we come here.
There is no way that you will run away from your eighth day a day of repentance and a day of circumcision.
We have seen in Joshua 5 that grown up men who ran away from their eighth day had to face it in the river of Sonship the river of Repentance the Jordan river.
Eight is a number of new beginnings and it takes repentance to meet newness.
We have embraced this season of Father and Son not to secure our market base in church but because of repentance.
Wait until next year and you will see sugar coated messages of Sonship on television which have to assure members that they are sons in some way.
The time is coming when circumcision and sonship will be some Hollywood and Disneyland toy. When that time comes be sure you know the heart of God about sonship and circumcision.
Circumcision is a tool for loving the Father and His Word.
There is a Word we can’t consume unless we are Repentant.
Repentance and circumcision is an opportunity for Software Upgrade.
Many want to repent only when they are promised Lifestyle Upgrade.
This is not a popular session and I pray we will go through this circumcision topic as God graces us.
Thank you let’s meet in the next session and continue about circumcision.