As the Custom of Moses
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 2 Tuesday
The Pharisees thought that salvation could not be gained without strictly observing the law.
“Some men came to Antioch from Judea and began telling those who had partaken of the Remedy; ‘Unless you are circumcised, and follow the script given to Moses, you cannot be saved.” (Acts 15:1)
At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses] and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.) Exodus 4: 24-26.
On the way from Midian, Moses received a startling and terrible warning of the Lord’s displeasure. An angel appeared to him in a threatening manner, as if he would immediately destroy him. No explanation was given; but Moses remembered that he had disregarded one of God’s requirements; yielding to the persuasion of his wife, he had neglected to perform the rite of circumcision upon their youngest son. He had failed to comply with the condition by which his child could be entitled to the blessings of God’s covenant with Israel; and such a neglect on the part of their chosen leader could not but lessen the force of the divine precepts upon the people. Zipporah, fearing that her husband would be slain, performed the rite herself, and the angel then permitted Moses to pursue his journey. In his mission to Pharaoh, Moses was to be placed in a position of great peril; his life could be preserved only through the protection of holy angels. But while living in neglect of a known duty, he would not be secure; for he could not be shielded by the angels of God. Patriarchs and Prophets 255 & 256
Why did / do the Jews place such a heavy significance on circumcision?
From the bottom section in the lesson:
“What is your attitude toward church leadership? How cooperative are you? Why is cooperation so important? How could we function if everyone was doing only what he or she wanted to do, independent of the larger body?”
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