1 Cor. 11:5,13
1 Cor. 15:31
- John 7:22,23
- "Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?"
- Moslems see this passage as one in which Jesus showed approval of circumcision. He points out that a priest carrying out circumcision on the Sabbath is blameless; this, they argue, shows that the law of circumcision had not been removed.
- The verse cited is absolutely clear that circumcision is a part of the Law of Moses. As such it would pass away when the Law of Moses was fulfilled.
- The context of the passage shows that the argument involved is about priorities. Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath day and the Pharisees were accusing him of breaking the Law of Moses. The point that Jesus is making is that even within the Law of Moses, some actions take precedence over others. Thus the argument is within the framework of the Law of Moses, which is now fulfilled. As the Law is fulfilled, it is not binding on Gentile believers (Col. 2:13-14).