“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised — Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.” – Jeremiah 9:25-26
In the days of Jeremiah, the nations upon which God brought destruction were not in a covenant relationship with the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. The sign of God’s covenant with the people of Israel was male circumcision and these pagan nations did not “bear the mark,” either physically or spiritually. Unfortunately, the nation of Israel was in no better shape that its neighbors, because even though they were obedient to the ritual, they denied their gracious covenant with God by their lives and practices.
Even for professing Christians outward expressions of faith are not guarantees of an abiding relationship with God. He can see our hearts and He knows our hypocrisies. While our religious practices may lead us to greater devotion, they often do not. Rather, it is our devotion and love for the Lord that makes our practices powerful and genuine.
The question is, “Do we, by our lives, deny or proclaim the Christ we profess to believe?”
We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. – Charles Spurgeon