Paul circumcised Timothy who was born to a Jewish woman and a Greek man. Paul did it to not offend the Jews where he was going, (who also reckoned Jewishness through the mother). Titus was not circumcised because his parents were both non-Jews.
That is an interesting thought. Did genealogy have something to do with Timothy and Titus regarding circumcision? Maybe, but consider this and the irony of the name of the Books which teach them.
Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly
, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works
. These things are good and profitable unto men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies
, and contentions, and strivings about the law
; for they are unprofitable and vain.
1 Tim. 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies
, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
5 Now the end of the commandment
is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
So it seems that the parent or family tree had little or nothing to do with the reason why Timothy was Circumcised. Don't you find it fascinating that the two Books which speak to Genealogy are Timothy and Titus. It might just be me, but I don't place much weight in the teaching of the Jews who turned the Torah into the Talmud. I don't think Paul did either, but I could be mistaken.
So what about the Galatians verse and Titus? The following is just a few translations of the verse in question.
Galatians 2:3 (ASV) But not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
Galatians 2:3 (ESV) But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
Galatians 2:3 (RHE) But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Gentile, was compelled to be circumcised.
Galatians 2:3 (TYN) Also Titus which was with me though he were a Greke yet was not compelled to be circumcised
Galatians 2:3 (CEB) However, not even Titus, who was with me and who was a Greek, was required to be circumcised.
Galatians 2:3 (RSV) But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
So this is curious to me given what the teaching of the land is.
Titus was not compelled to be Circumcised, though he was a Greek. WHY?
Given the Word's of Jesus,
John 7:22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses
, but of the fathers
; (Abraham) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.
Why would he be compelled NOT to become circumcised. Here is why according to Paul.
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in
, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage
Is this not saying that Titus was not compelled
to be circumcised because of false brethren, even though he was a Greek? And if Titus was not circumcised
, then why would that bring him into bondage? Bondage of what? It can't mean bondage of God's Commandment, because the Commandment is to become circumcised. It can only mean "bondage of transgression".
And Timothy, on the other hand, was circumcised by the instruction of Paul himself. So was he also brought into bondage, or was he brought into the Liberty of Christ?
What if the Liberty here is the freedom to honor the Christ apart from the Levitical Priesthood. What if the "liberty" is the atonement of God apart from the "works" of the Levitical Priesthood.
You and I have the same questions regarding these scriptures, mainly because, in my view, of the mainstream interpretation of Acts 15 we have been taught since our youth, and their insistence that the "Yoke" placed on the necks of the Disciples by the Pharisees was God's Commandments. I think it is mistake to accuse God of such action. Especially since Jesus said these same Pharisees taught for doctrines the commandments of men.
Anyway, it is a fascinating study and certainly an important one to understand. I hope you don't mind the input.