31 October 2009

Nice...

I had the opportunity to teach OT Catechesis this week on the covenant with Abraham. I was delighted by this note in TLSB on Gen. 17:12:
eight days old. Such infant circumcision points to God's inclusion of His people in the covenant promise even at a tender age. It also anticipated when circumcision would end and Baptism would become the sign of the new covenant (Col. 2:11-12). God finished the work of the original creation on the sixth day, and on the seventh He rested. The eighth day represented a new beginning. Christ finished the work of the new creation by redeeming us with His blood on the sixth day, Good Friday. On the Sabbath, He rested in His tomb. On Easter Sunday, Christ arose, starting the new creation on what may be referred to as the "eighth day."
Now, how sweet is that, I ask you?

5 comments:

Rev. Thomas C. Messer said...

MEGA sweet!?

Larry Luder said...

Sweet as where the Rose of Shanon bloom!?

William Weedon said...

Amen to both!

Angela said...

My third daughter was born last year on All Saints (two weeks past due). Her Baptism had been scheduled far in advance for Nov. 9th, and it turned out that she was baptized on her 8th day. It was wonderfully symbolic, and so great to have her enter a church for the first time and proceed directly to the font (to Luther's wonderful "To Jordan Came the Christ Our Lord", no less!)

Scott Larkins said...

Indeed.