Sunday, April 3, 2016

Why we circumcise on the 8th day?

Why we circumcise our newborn sons on the 8th day? Why not on the 7th, which would make more sense?

The answer is pretty simple. Let's take a look at the text:
YLT Gen 17:9 And God saith unto Abraham,  'And thou dost keep My covenant, thou and thy seed after thee, to their generations; 
YLT Gen 17:10 this is My covenant which ye keep between Me and you, and thy seed after thee: Every male of you is to be circumcised; 
YLT Gen 17:11 and ye have circumcised the flesh of your foreskin, and it hath become a token of a covenant between Me and you. 
YLT Gen 17:12 'And a son of eight days is circumcised by you; every male to your generations, born in the house, or bought with money from any son of a stranger, who is not of thy seed; 
YLT Gen 17:13 he is certainly circumcised who is born in thine house, or bought with thy money; and My covenant hath become in your flesh a covenant age-during;
YLT Gen 17:14 and an uncircumcised one, a male, the flesh of whose foreskin is not circumcised, even that person hath been cut off from his people; My covenant he hath broken.' 
YLT Lev 12:2 'Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, A woman when she giveth seed, and hath born a male, then she hath been unclean seven days, according to the days of separation for her sickness she is unclean; 
YLT Lev 12:3 and in the eighth day is the flesh of his foreskin circumcised;
The reason why it is not the 7th day, is because if you look at the proper Torah calendar, you will see that Shabbat is on the 8th day of the month and not on the 7th. This is because everything has begun with Shabbat(after New Moon, when moon is not visible, after darkness). 1st day of the creation Month was the Shabbat, only on the 2nd day of the creation month God started counting 7 days.

Same is with newborn son's circumcision. We start counting days from the end of the day after the child was born. This would put us on the 8th day.

For example, if a child was born on 1:15pm of the 4th day, we start counting day one from 1:15pm on the 5th day, because when the child is born is not the 1st day but rather a 0 day. So total number of days is 8. This is called fence-post error and it is exactly the same problem as with the Courtyard of the Tabernacle(see this post). So in order to circumcise the child on his Shabbat and in harmony with creation, we must do it on the 8th day and not on the 7th.

Adam's first day was a 7th day Shabbat, because he was created by God on the sixth day. So for humans, creation begins with Shabbat, which is why the 8th day (which is also a Shabbat) was commanded for circumcision.

I hope now you can see how everything is connected in the Torah. And you have to be very careful when you counting days as Torah specifies, as it is very easy to make a mistake.

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