My granddaughter loves pink. I remember shopping with her and her mum last Christmas. I overheard her mum in the next isle, “Just because it’s pink doesn’t mean it’s good!” I chuckled at that. Now her brothers – you wouldn’t have that particular discussion with them! Pink is not on their agenda at all! Whatever we think about equality, and however hard you try to bring them up the same, girls will be girls. OK there are some tomboys around, but generally their girliness peeps out when they’re not too busy proving themselves.
Anyway, back in Genesis 17 v 9 – 14 there are strict instructions about circumcision for the males by which they enter into the Covenant. But what about the girls? Are they not worth God’s notice? Can they only partake of the Covenant by proxy? This does not seem in keeping with what I know about God! If fact, I blogged a while back on how God valued Sarai as a woman – Protecting the precious.
So where did the girls fit in to the Covenant?
It sort of made me think about Christ as the bridegroom, caring for his bride the Church. He took the scars for her to be able to enter into the Kingdom of God. That was how husbands should love their wives according to Ephesians 5 v 25 – 27 –
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
She should not have any blemish. So maybe God just wanted her kept that way, and for the males to bear the scars for her. That’s not an issue of sexism and inequality, it’s simply a difference. And also maybe a looking forward to the day when one Man would bear so many more scars for his Bride.