Paul took the cover right off the Elephant in the center of the room–The Jewish covenant was a covenant of the heart. Simple ancestry had little value to the creator of the universe. When God made his covenant with the nation of Israel, it was a covenant of love and devotion. The sign of circumcision was simply there to remind his people of their promise to obey and follow.
God intended from the time of Abraham to use his people to change the hearts of the rest of the nations. Their devotion and the blessings it was to bring, was intended to draw the nations back to God. But, it became clear that Israel was never going to be the nation of priests that God had hoped. That was why Christ had to come and save the world.
To this day, those who walk with God are called to live the covenant, not wear it. Whether it be church affiliation or simple piety, God calls us to follow him , humbly and gratefully. By doing that, it shows the world our covenant is written on our hearts, not on our bibles. We live it out in good times and bad. We see the race as a marathon and push forward to end well. Like the Israelites–God wants us to be his ambassadors–those that look and act as he does in a foreign land. Help me, Lord, to honor and represent you well.
God Bless You
21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.