posted by roshavotJuly 24, 2010

Circumcision

 
12 Tribes of Israel map

Rom 2:11-16 For there is no respect of persons with YHVH; for as many as have sinned Torah-less shall also perish Torah-less; and as many as have sinned within the Torah shall be judged by the Torah in the Day when YHVH shall judge the secrets of men by Yeshua the Messiah of Israel according to my declaration. The hearers of the Torah are not just before YHVH, but the doers of the Torah shall be vindicated. For when gentiles (for the definition of a “gentile” see the chapter entitled "What Must I Do to Be Safe?") who do not possess a Torah scroll, do by habit the things contained in the Torah, these Torah observers, although not possessing a Torah scroll, are a Torah to each other; who show the work of the Torah (Rom 2:7 & 10) written in their hearts (Heb 8:10; Eze 36:27), their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

Rom 2:17-19 Behold, thou art called a Judean, and rely on the Torah, and make thy boast of YHVH, and know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the Torah; and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind (2Kin 8:19), a light of them who are in darkness (in exile).

Psa 43:3-4 Send out Thy Light (the Messiah, see Luk 2:27-32 below) and Thy Truth (Your Torah, Psa 119:142); let them lead me; let them bring me back unto Thy Set-Apart Mountain, and to Thy dwelling-places. Then will I return unto the altar of Elohim, unto Eloah, my exceeding joy; and praise Thee upon the harp, O Elohim, my Elohim.

Isa 9:1-3 Now the former (Assyria during the reign of Pekah, the 18th king of Israel, 2Kin 15:29) has lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali (in northern Israel), but the latter (Assyria during the reign of Hoshea, the last king of Israel, 2Kin 18:9-12) was more severe by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The People that departed into darkness (the People who had been removed from the land of Israel) have seen a Great Light (the Messiah, Mat 4:12-16); they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death (the "land of the shadow of death" is wherever the People of Israel were exiled), upon them hath that Great Light shined. You have increased the nation, and increased its joy.

Disclosure

 
Glory - to leave an impression like footsteps in the wet sand

Luk 2:27-32 The parents brought in the child Yeshua, to do for him after the custom of the Torah (Lev 12:2-3; Num 18:15-16). Then Simeon took him up in his arms, and blessed YHVH, and said, YHVH, now let thy servant die in peace, according to thy message, for mine eyes have seen thy Salvation (Your Yeshuah), who thou hast prepared before the face of all the People, a Light who will reveal the gentiles, even the disclosure of thy People Israel.

We have used the word "disclosure" in Luke 2:32, because the Hebrew word for "glory" is kabod (Strong's #3519), which means to leave an impression, like footsteps in the wet sand. (The antonym is the word qalal, Strong's #7043, which means too light to leave an impression, untraceable, forever lost).

Rom 2:25 For circumcision is certainly advantageous if thou keep the Torah; but if thou be a breaker of the Torah, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Akrobustia

 

The word “uncircumcision” in Greek is akrobustia. Akrobustia is a term that can be translated as One Who Despised His Circumcision. The word harkens back to an apocryphal appendage of Dan 11:30: "...that they made themselves uncircumcised, and departed from the holy covenant". (See 1Maccabees 1:15). The Akrobustia were those who lost their connection to Israel, due to the Exile (2Kin 17:23-24; see Isa 9:1-3 above). Since the etymology of the word akrobustia is in question, I submit that it is a hybrid, an assimilation of a Greek word and a Hebrew word; derived from the Greek prefix akron, which means the tip and the Hebrew word bazah which means despised. Bazah is the word we find in Gen 25:34, speaking of Esau's rejection of his birthright. The customary word for "uncircumcision" is aperitmetos, as in Act 7:51 (see Jsh 5:2-9).

1Cor 7:18-19 Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not be uncircumcised (the Greek word here is epispaomai, a procedure to disguise circumcision by manipulating the foreskin). Was anyone called while uncircumcised (that is, not circumcised according to the Oral Law's method of drawing blood, called bris milah, see the article on "Circumcision" in the Jewish Encyclopedia). He should not get re-circumcised. The Oral Law's method of circumcision is nothing and its definition of uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping Elohim's Commandments is everything.

Bris Milah

 
Implements of Bris Milah

Act 15:1 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren (Eze 11:14-21), saying, "Except ye be circumcised after the Custom of Moses (bris milah, see the note under Rom 4:9b-10 below and compare Eze 44:9), ye cannot be saved (cp. Act 15:16)"

Act 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words (note: the phrase, "saying ye must be circumcised and keep the law" is spurious), upsetting your lives; to whom we gave no express orders.

Gal 5:1-4 The Messiah of Israel has liberated us into freedom (brought us back to the written Torah, Jam 1:25). Therefore stand firm and don't submit again (Gal 4:8-10, vis-à-vis their previous submission to man-made religions) to a yoke of slavery (Gal 3:2, capitulation to the Oral Law). Take note! I, Paul, tell you who are yoked to the Oral Law (Gal 4:21-31) that if you get circumcised, the Messiah will not benefit you at all. Again I testify to every man who gets circumcised that he is indebted to all this Torah (Deu 4:8). You who are trying to be vindicated by the Oral Law are alienated from the Messiah; you have fallen from grace!

A Seal of Innocence

 
Abraham

Rom 2:26-29 Therefore if the Uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the Torah, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not someone who was born uncircumcised, if he obeys the Torah, judge thee, who even with the written Torah and circumcision do transgress the Torah? For he is not a Judean, who is one outwardly (circumcision is not only outward in the flesh) but he is a Judean, who is one inwardly; that is, circumcision is that of the heart (in spirit not letter); whose praise is not of men, but of YHVH (a Hebraic play-on-words, as the word Judah comes from the root word yadah, which means praise, Gen 49:8).

Jer 9:25, 26b "The days are coming"--YHVH's declaration--"when I will punish all the circumcised -- yet uncircumcised ... the whole House of Israel is uncircumcised in heart".

Paul’s ideal was, that the whole House of Israel would be circumcised: in their heart (a constant obedience) and in their flesh (a singular act of submission, Exo 21:5-6).

Rom 3:1-2 What advantage then hath the Judean? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much in every way! Because, primarily, unto them (the tribe of Judah and all the rest of the circumcised) were entrusted the Oracles of YHVH.

Joh 4:22-23 Ye Samaritans (Israelites who were considered akrobustia) worship ye know not what; we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Judeans. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father by spirit, that is Truth (Deu 8:3; Mat 22:43; Psa 119:142,151,160); because the Father seeks such to worship him.

Zec 8:23 Thus saith YHVH of the Armies of Israel (1Sam 17:45); in those days it shall come to pass, that ten men (the ten vanished Tribes of Israel) shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the tallit (Num 15:38) of him that is a Judean, saying, we will go with you; for we have heard that Elohim is with you.

Rom 4:6-9a "Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is pardoned. Happy is the man unto whom YHVH counteth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit (citing Psa 32:1-2)". Is this blessedness then upon the Circumcision only, or also upon the Uncircumcision?

Rom 4:9b-10 For example, we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was his righteousness then reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

Paul uses the expression "akrobustia" satirically (when describing Abraham's condition prior to Gen 17:11). An Oral Law adherent would say that Abraham followed all of the oral traditions, misconstruing Gen 26:5, yet Paul points out that Abraham was considered righteous when apparently spurning bris milah.

Rom 4:11-12 And then he received the sign of circumcision (a seal of innocence) -- because he was faithful while still uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe (Gen 15:4): the father of the Akrobustia, who are not circumcised; that righteousness might be recorded to the Akrobustia, and also the father of the Circumcision: to them who are not only circumcised but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

Rom 4:13-16 For the promise, that he should be the heir of hamon goyim (this Hebrew phrase means a tumultuous and clamorous crowd of gentiles, Gen 17:4), was not to Abraham, or to his physical seed, through the Torah (because the promise was made 430 years before the Torah was even given, Gal 3:17), but through the righteousness of Abraham’s faith. For if they who are of-the-Torah (the descendants of Abraham who were circumcised in accordance to the Torah, Josh 5:4-7) be the sum total of Abraham’s heirs, Abraham’s faith is made void, and the promise made to Abraham is ineffectual (because breaking the law of circumcision renders punishment as in Exo 4:24-26, yet where there is no law of circumcision that law has no effect). Therefore the promise is by Abraham’s faith, that it might be by loving-kindness; to this end: that the promise might be sure to all the physical seed; not to that only who is of-the-Torah but to that also who is of-the-faith-of-Abraham (in the same condition as Abraham when righteousness was reckoned to him: akrobustia); who is the father of us both (the Circumcision and the Akrobustia).