The Demand of the Covenant

A Daily Devotional with David Olatona


Main Text
Acts 7:1-8

He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.
Genesis 17:12 NKJV

This is a covenant that requires Abraham and his descendants to take action, to obey God’s commands.(Isaiah 1:19). Entry into the covenant depended on obedience to the covenant of circumcision. God demands that Israel keep the covenant of circumcision in order to be a party to the Abrahamic Covenant.

Every male children born into Abraham’s extended family, including those not related by birth or marriage, are to be circumcised at eight days old. The practice of circumcision will be required of him, his descendants, and every male, related in any way to him, even every male servants born or brought into his household. We can see God’s handiwork of creation in this direction. (Deuteronomy 27:10)

The decision to obey or ignore this covenant is made by a prior generation on their behalf. The obedience was national, not personal as the fathers’ obedience determined the son’s participation in the covenant. (Acts 7:8). Circumcision of infant sons did not save them but evidenced the faith of the father and mother in the God of Abraham.

I am a seed of Abraham through faith in Christ Jesus. I partake of the covenant through obedience to God’s word. Amen

Oh Lord, I receive grace to obey your word and directives. Amen.

Additional Reading
Leviticus 12:3
Genesis 21:4.