As we continue through Galatians 3 we have went through many tough verses. I believe Galatians 3 is probably one of, if not the most, difficult chapters in the Brit Chadasha (New Testatment). There are a couple Hebrews chapters that would definitely contend for that title though. We have gone through phrases like the works of the Law, justified by the Law, covenants, why the Law was added, etc. We have explored many topics and we have another today and that is custody under the law. Another phrase Paul uses that causes a lot of people to believe the Torah has passed and no longer needs to be followed.
With that let’s look at a few verses. Galatians 3:23-25 – But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Many believe faith did not come until Yeshua walked the earth or maybe until His death and resurrection. Yet, we are told that Abel, Enoch, Noah, Avraham, Isaac, Jacab, Sarah all having faith died before receiving the promises. So, Paul could not be speaking about faith just now coming. There must be another explanation.
We have explored before under the law, but let’s go over it briefly here. Faith came before the law correct? For the covenant of our father Avarham came before the Mosaic Covenant. What were we bound to for breaking Torah? Our sentence to death for that was what Colossians 2:14 tells us was nailed to the execution stake. Our sentence to die for breaking Torah is what under the law means. Paul goes on and on about this in Romans 5-7. We were bound due to our sin or in other words held in custody. The way of faith was later revealed to us, for some it is revealed earlier. This is a whole other topic, so not going to get into that here.
Paul then says therefore the Law has become a tutor to lead us to Christ, meaning the Law is to show us how much we need G-d. We looked at this last week. We are not justified by the works of the law, but by faith and faith alone. With having this faith, are we to disregard the law….no longer under a tutor? Is that what this means. No! Let’s look at it this way, you raise your children teaching them along the way. You discipline (correct) them if they start walking the wrong path. You hope is when they become adults they continue along this path. When they become adults they are no longer under the curse/disciplinarian. You hope they have learned all that they need to function in society. The concepts that you were trying to teach them, do they go away after they become adults? No. That is what is supposed to carry on. The lessons you taught, you hope were not in vain. The disciplinarian is the curse of the law to which held us in custody. Once we accept Yeshua (The Word made flesh) as our savior we are no longer under the law or tutor/disciplinarian.
Again, I hope you see that Paul is not teaching against the Torah. May it never be!
I hope and pray for all those reading that you are no longer under the curse, but that you have accepted Yeshua and all that He teaches.
Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!