Mazel Tov! You have a new baby boy!
After all the joyous calls and texts to family and friends, you find yourself holding your child for the very first time. You gaze at the infant, emotions running high. You see in this new and tiny little boy, potential, future, family, continuation with his ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Abraham was the first person commanded to circumcise himself, at the age of ninety-nine. God told him, “And I will establish a My covenant between Me and between you and between your seed after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be to you for a G‑d and to your seed after you” (Gen 17:7) Demonstrating his submission to God by marking the physical body with the sign of the covenant, Abraham revealed the intrinsic bond every Jew has with God.
In Leviticus 12:2, God commanded all Jewish males to be circumcised, “On the eighth day..." From Abraham to Moses, Moses to Joshua, Joshua to the Prophets, and the Prophets to Yeshua the Messiah, the act of circumcision has been a constant reminder of covenant faithfulness to our God.
It was performed on Yeshua the Messiah by his birth parents (Luke 2:21) and on subsequent generations of Jewish followers of Yeshua (Acts 16:1-3). However, the early Jerusalem council joined together in agreement to not practice circumcision on non-Jewish males as a sign of proselyte conversion (Acts 15), something we uphold today at Beth Messiah.
The brit milah, ritual circumcision, is a special time to celebrate the continuation and beginning of a new generation's partnership with God.