Cut it out, is a phrase from the past. Meaning to “knock it off” (another phrase) basically, stop whatever action you are doing…
This post, is taking both those phrases literally, when I’m reading up on the whole agreement God makes with Abraham. Circumcision being the sign his people belong to God.
“This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.” – Genesis 17:10-12
So, interestingly enough, Abraham had two wives (Sarah and Hagar) and owned slaves! And basically, any of the male individuals that were “under” his house hold, if they weren’t circumcised, they were to be cut off from their people, as they had broken the covenant with God. So after his pow wow with God, Abraham immediately complies, Calls all the males to him.
Could you imagine, dudes on their free time, hanging out. Banging their sandals, shooting the sand, donkey races…whatever they did for entertainment back then in the desert…when they get called to an impromptu meeting. Gathering around the fire…and all of a sudden, “Wait, what? Why are we lifting our robes? We’re lining up to do what?”
Abraham was 99 years old, and his son (through Sarah’s servant, Hagar) Ishmael was 8 when they circumcised their foreskin. OUCH! I’m thinking there were probably some dudes that were like, “I’m out. How far is it to Egypt? I’ll get my sandals.” The Bible doesn’t reveal if all in the household complied, or if there were any outcasts.
And just how the heck did they do it? With what tools? A chisel and a hammer? The way Moses chiseled the 10 commandments onto tablets?