Made by Oath
The Covenant of ‘Answer’ came 430 years after the Covenant of ‘Promise’ (Gal.3:17). You cannot break a 430 year removed ‘Answer’ without breaking the ‘Promise’ itself. The proof is that Gen.15 carries a condition – a death position – that we can see was played out at Yahshua’s crucifixion (looking like the halved animals at Gen.15). Now I can make the circumcision point. The ‘Answer’ – ‘Book of the Covenant’ required physical circumcision as an ‘entrance sign’. The Israelite descendants of Abraham ‘broke’ the ‘Answer Covenant’ that required physical circumcision as an ‘entrance sign’. Breaking the ‘Answer’ also broke the Gen.15 ‘Promise’. Now there was nothing to enter into. The point of the ‘physical entrance circumcision sign’ is now a mute issue. This is Paul’s very point;
Rom 2:25 … : but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
1Cor 7:19 Circumcision is nothing – uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments …
Gal 5:6 For in Yahshua neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith …
Gal 6:15 For in Yahshua neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Col 3:11 … neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
Gal 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet (still) preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? …
We must also realize the fact that once a covenant (any covenant) in this case the biblical (Promise/Answer) covenant is broken it cannot be just over looked; it has to be renegotiated. This includes the covenant entrance sign of physical circumcision. Physical circumcision now stands as a symbol of broken covenants. True that the re-New-ed ‘answer’ Covenant (Jer.31:31-33) employs many of the same factors and issues of the original Exodus ‘answer’ Covenant. It can even take the same form and use the same mode as the original, but it is ‘New’ as in not the same. This would include the entrance sign; no longer physical circumcision but ‘circumcision of the heart’.
But – But; Paul circumcised Timothy – If physical circumcision is nothing why did Paul circumcise Timothy? The answer is found in that very verse used as objection – Acts 16:3; ‘because of the (local) Jews’. Not to gain salvation or enter the covenant or to justify himself before Yahweh, but to gain credence, audience, favor with the Jews (local or otherwise) that would not understand it any other way (2Cor.3:11-15).
Acts:16:3: Him (Timothy v:1) would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him
**because of the Jews** which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
Actually Gen.15 is the ‘Guarantee’ Covenant; guaranteeing ‘The Promise’ already made by oath at Gen.12 – Even though the covenant at Gen.15 is broken we still have ‘The Promise’ made by ‘Oath’ at Gen.12 (Heb.6:13).