Genesis 17:10 (NKJV) This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 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.

The historic Christian Church has traditionally associated the Number 8 with the entrance into the Covenant of God. This understanding comes from God Himself who commanded Circumcision, the Sign of the Covenant, to be performed on the “Eighth Day”. God used the same language, when He gave the Rainbow as sign of Covenant (Genesis 9:13) The word “rainbow” used in this. verse sums to the Number 800 which also is the value of the Greek words “Lord” and “Faith.” It also is the value of the final letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega, The essence of Faith and trusting in the Lord who will see us through to the very end, signified by Omega..

This lifts us above our present state to behold our Shepherd who is Lord above all. I hope this is blessing your life right now in the Spirit! Given the extreme significance of Circumcision as the Sign of the Covenant, it is no wonder that the Rabbi’s have long expounded on the spiritual significance of the Number Eight and its relation to God’s Covenant. For example, on page 134 of his book Alef-Beit, Rabbi Yitzchak declares: The Torah prescribes that the circumcision of a male child take place on the “eighth day” from birth. These eight days always include at least one Shabbat, the seventh day, which corresponds to the experience of perfect harmony with nature. The eighth day of circumcision represents the power of the soul to contact that light which totally transcends nature.

Through circumcision the Jew is given the power, throughout his life, to overcome all the obstacles nature may seem to place in the face of his service of God.The transcendence associated with the Number Eight, recognized by both Jews and Christians, clearly manifests in the everlasting “New Beginning” found in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The command to circumcise all male children was obeyed by Joseph and Mary after the Birth of Jesus: And when “eight days” were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb (Luke 2:21).

The contextual connection between the Number 8 and the Name of Jesus is amplified in this, one of the greatest alphanumeric identities linking the Greek and Hebrew languages to each other and the central teaching of historic Christianity: All in the Salvation of Jesus our Lord, Have a fantastic weekend knowing you can have a “New Beginning” in your life with Jesus today and for the rest of your life.

Elder Baker

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