Blood covenants

The Anchoress gives us a remarkable Lenten meditation that explains the significance of circumcision in the Old Testament, relates it to virginity, and brings it all together with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    interesting thoughts on vulnerability etc.

    I think probably the better structure for this is man becoming the center of all things, self idolatry, (cf romans 1) and all of the incredible pain that this entails.

    whereas before they were free from that painful selfconsciousness (remember being a shy selfconscious, awkward unbeautiful teen…. which not coincidentally happens around the time we go through puberty….) .

    man as the measure and center of all things is the opposite of what it means to realize the potential of being fully human it seems. i find this fascinating.

    it tells me that I have NO idea of what the natural order should look like really. Jesus makes no sense to me in his incarnation. someone perfect yet so utterly ordinary that He always had to be pointed out in a crowd. So self-possessed yet unselfconscious that the 12 stooges , er disciples seemed to rather consistently forget that they were in the presence of their Maker.

    Did Jesus forget his abcs or forget where he left his prayer shawl? was he subject to the same human limitations as the rest of us? it is an imperfection for us to be forgetful? Is our view of God often not really Biblical but rather the crass business of making God after OUR own image? Reflection on what the incarnation means has deep significance for our views on scriptural inspiration, human existence, everything really….

  • fw

    interesting thoughts on vulnerability etc.

    I think probably the better structure for this is man becoming the center of all things, self idolatry, (cf romans 1) and all of the incredible pain that this entails.

    whereas before they were free from that painful selfconsciousness (remember being a shy selfconscious, awkward unbeautiful teen…. which not coincidentally happens around the time we go through puberty….) .

    man as the measure and center of all things is the opposite of what it means to realize the potential of being fully human it seems. i find this fascinating.

    it tells me that I have NO idea of what the natural order should look like really. Jesus makes no sense to me in his incarnation. someone perfect yet so utterly ordinary that He always had to be pointed out in a crowd. So self-possessed yet unselfconscious that the 12 stooges , er disciples seemed to rather consistently forget that they were in the presence of their Maker.

    Did Jesus forget his abcs or forget where he left his prayer shawl? was he subject to the same human limitations as the rest of us? it is an imperfection for us to be forgetful? Is our view of God often not really Biblical but rather the crass business of making God after OUR own image? Reflection on what the incarnation means has deep significance for our views on scriptural inspiration, human existence, everything really….


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