Preached on Genesis 21:1-7 yesterday regarding the birth of Isaac. The joyous arrival of Isaac, whose very name means “laughter,” to Abraham and Sarah after all those years of waiting and all the factors surrounding it invites us to think of the coming of the true seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ.
Yet the way the story is written makes this event central to Isaac’s coming:
“Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.”
Why does God highlight a circumcision, and what was the significance of it being done on the eighth day? You may not realize this, but you actually will be celebrating the true significance of this act two weeks from today. What do I mean?
Well, first read this from the Wikipedia Encyclopedia:
“Most countries in Western Europe officially adopted January 1 as New Year’s Day somewhat before they adopted the Gregorian calendar…This is sometimes called Circumcision Style, because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day counting from 25 December.”
Having the beginning of the year happen exactly one week after Christmas (eight days in the way the Jews counted it – Sunday to Sunday was eight days […]