Let’s start with the fact that;
Ex.32 is the place where the Israelites stopped circumcising their new born sons for the rest of Torah and Beyond.
For those saying ‘that’s not biblical’, etc. – Watch this;
1st of all; my use of the term ‘Torah’ is limited to the original definition being the 1st 5 books of the Bible – The words of YHWH as written by Moses – Attested to by the TaNaK – T standing for Torah.
Therefore the book of Joshua (the beyond part) cannot be Torah
Jos 5:5 States – Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.
Meaning that at some point ‘as they came forth out of Egypt’ – ‘in the wilderness’ – (The book of Joshua alone) IDing the 40yrs of wandering – These Israelites stopped circumcising their new born sons for the rest of Torah – and Beyond – into;
Jos 5:2 Was the com’d stating – At that time YHWH said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
Which begs the question – When was the First? The First was Gen.17, but they broke it – When they made the ‘Gold Calf’ and broke the Covenant they had circumcised for (Rom.2:25) & promised to keep (Ex.24:7-8).
Ex 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I
may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
This was YHWH’s solution to fix Israel’s Covenant breach – wipe out all of Israel and start over with the only one to keep the Melchizedek standing – Moses. But Moses resisted – did not go along and pleaded for the people. YHWH’s concession to Moses included the people being thrust under the Levitical Preisthood (Ex.40 / Num.3:12; 8:17) and its additional (Gal.3:19) Laws (Heb.7:11).
Now what would they circumcise into? a broken covenant?
I further submit that from Jos.5:2 on; including the balance of the TaNaK and the whole of the New Testament. That any circumcision adherence thought to be attached to Gen.17 (the Melchizedek Com’d which was violated to the point of Yahweh declaring it ‘broke’ Jer.31:32) is actually attached to this 2nd command that is squarely announced under the Levitical Priesthood (Heb.7:11).
Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people
received the law,) …
Ex 32 was only 4 1/2 months into the program from Egypt (Ex.19:1) – At the beginning of what would be (because of further disobedience) the 40yrs of wandering.
They were to be a Nation ‘of’ Melchizedek Priests (Ex.19:5-6) – They would now be a Nation ‘with’ Levitical Priests (Num.3:12; 8:17)
That did not circumcise again until Jos.5:2
Do you know what that means?
Everything btx Ex.32 and Jos.5:2 was done (increasingly uncircumcised) while not circumcising
Leviticus, Tzitzits (Num.15:38), Writing the Law on stones (Dt.27), The Book of the Law (Dt.31.26), etc., the events of Jos.1, 2, 3, 4 and a chunk of Jos.5 – while uncircumcised
Jos 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of YHWH: unto whom YHWH sware that he would not shew them the land, which YHWH sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Today; in this Melchizedek era, for those New Testament / Gospel / Torah believers that will decide (as a religious observance) to physically circumcise; know that you are being obedient to the 2nd command of Jos.5:2 (after a 40 year circumcision lapse – Jos.5:5) under the Levitical Priesthood and not obedient to (said obedience issuing from) the 1st command of Gen.17 under the Melkizedeq Priesthood. For the 1st Com’d was broken, with a 40yr. lapse giving rise and need for a 2nd Com’d.
There is not much direct Bible verbiage on this – All indications are that Abraham received the Melkizedeq mantel from YHWH’s Cov’t at Gen.15 (or some assert from Shem at Gen.14) – Then to Issac, Then to Jacob/Israel, Then to Joseph as Gen. 48:19 & :22 would suggest.
At any rate YHWH gave the Melkizedeq mantel to ALL of Israel – IF;
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
They said – Exo 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that YHWH hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto YHWH. – And again at Ex.24:7
But They Broke the Cov’t in 40 days @ Ex.32
And were thrust into/under a Levitical Priesthood instead (Num.3:12/Heb.7:11)
And at that point ( Ex.32 by Jos.5:5) stopped circumcising for the next 40+yrs.