Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day according to tradition and custom. “Then they presented Him at the temple and offered the sacrifices required of new parents.’ ‘Ultimately they would fulfill the prophetic representation of three rituals: circumcision, redemption and purification.’”(1)
Luke 2:22 “When the days of their purification according to the Law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.”
1) The Rite of Circumcision – Gen. 17:1-14 was “a sign of the covenant between me and you.’ ‘The rite of circumcision was God’s way of requiring the Jewish people to become physically different because of their relationship to Him.’” (2) This would also refer to our spiritual circumcision.
2) The Rite of Redemption – Leviticus 12:1-8 “a woman was to wait 33 days after circumcision before presenting a son at the temple.’ ‘The redemption was a reminder that ‘the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand (vs. 16)’ ‘Like all devout Jewish parents, they presented their infant to the Lord to depict sacrifice and redemption.’” (3) Jesus would one day redeem all of us and one day in a “spiritual sense after rebirth, we would be “sons” of God.”
Isn’t it interesting that after circumcision 33 days had to pass before being presented at the temple? Jesus’ ministry was 33 years long. As you continue to read through Beth’s observations do you see any other parallels?
3) The Rite of Purification – Titus 2:14 tells us that Jesus Christ “gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own.”
“The Word made flesh first entered the temple wrapped in a baby blanket. His earthly parents lifted Him to His Father and, in essence, purchased Him from heaven – for a while – for a lost world. One day that baby would buy them from earth for the glory of heaven.” (4)
1-4 / Jesus, 90 Days with the One and Only / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing