Bondage…Elemental Things Of This World

Are you ready to dive into Galatians 4?  Let’s go!  Let’s remember the writer is Sha’ul/Paul, who is Torah observant based on his own testimony.

Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, G-d sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, G-d has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through G-d. Galatians 4:1-7

Paul is continuing his thoughts from what man has determined as chapter 4.  Take in mind what was discussed in chapter 3 about heirs and guardians.  I proposed in earlier posts that the guardian/disciplinarian was is the curse of the Torah.  Here Paul says we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.  In other words, before we accepted the Living Torah we were in slavery under the influence from some one else.  We know the elemental things of the world is not Torah, b/c one Paul says of this world and in v9 says how can you turn back to those weak and worthless elemental things.  No where in Scripture is the Torah described as weak and worthless.  In fact, the Torah is described in the exact opposite.  The Torah tells us about this guardian/tutor/disciplinarian is the curse of the Torah.  Read Leviticus 26:14-22.  It goes on but you will get the picture.  The curse of the Torah is meant to bring you back to the Torah.  Think about it, when you discipline your child, is it out of anger or love?  You want your child to learn the correct way so you discipline in hopes the child will walk the path you are giving him/her.  The same is of our Father.  The discipline is to bring us back…to see we need Him.

So G-d sent His Son (the Torah) born of a woman who was under the law to redeem those under the law.  The phrase under the law should not phase you at this point.  Based on the previous chapters we know under the law means you have sinned and now have a debt to pay.  So Mary had sinned and Yeshua was sent to redeem all mankind.  In Colossians 2:14, we are told Yeshua came to cancel the certificate of debt.  If you have a relationship with the Messiah, then you are no longer under the law, your debt has been paid, and you have been redeemed.

There is so much more that could be said here, but this should be a very good starting point.

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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