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Galatians 4:21-31 – In context!

Introduction – Sound Doctrine vs. Sound bite Doctrine

Christianity has taught us all to study the Scriptures “sound bite upon sound bite … implication upon implication” resulting in unsound doctrines and lies. We are never to take anything out of context, true doctrine is developed line upon line (no sound biting taking verses out of context and then “guessing”) precept upon precept (understood in light of all Scripture).
Every verse is to be understood in context of the The Torah/Book/Chapter and the other writings of that author. Scripture defines scripture, and if we do not sound bite it, Scripture says 1 thing, and 1 thing ONLY. “Interpretations” come into place by teachers, who sound bite verses, string those sound bites together, and them “imply” what is not true, they are guessing and making Scripture say what “they want to believe”. You can make the Scriptures say anything you want to believe if you do not employ SOUND doctrine, but use SOUND BITE doctrine.
Such is the case with Sha’ul’s writings. Not only have they been grossly mistranslated, then twisted into Greek and further twisted into English, but we have uninspired “teachers” then sound biting everything and teaching total lies… resulting in The Pauline Doctrine which Sha’ul DID NOT TEACH! Now we are denying Sha’ul and bearing false witness as though he was not a true teacher, even though Nazarenes claimed Sha’ul one of their greatest leaders for 300 years after he died! And Nazarenes are defenders of the Torah, Prophets, and Messiah. There is no way Sha’ul would even have been considered the leader of the Nazarenes if he taught The Pauline Doctrine. Sha’ul gave his life for the beliefs of the Nazarenes and was executed as “the leader of the sect of the Nazarenes”.
Galatians 4, in fact all of Galatians, is a prime example of twisted scriptures, sound bite doctrine, and lies making it look as if Sha’ul, a devout Nazarene/Torah Expert, taught what is known as The Pauline Doctrine that “the Law was abolished” and “Jesus nailed the Law to the cross”. Sha’ul taught no such things, and never ONCE did Sha’ul speak against obedience to The Law of Yahuah.
So before we address, Galatians 4… let’s first firmly establish what Sha’ul taught all his assemblies. Sha’ul didn’t just write 1 letter to the Called Out ones in Galatia. He most probably wrote many letters, and definately taught them in person. We just do not have access to those records. But, was we DO have is Sha’ul’s other letters to establish what Sha’ul believed and taught. So let me show you, in Romans 8, what Sha’ul believed and taught. And then with THAT understanding and context, I will explain exactly what Sha’ul was saying in Galatians 4. Below is Romans 8 in context with hyperlinks to the scriptural references.

Romans 8In context

8 There is therefore now no condemnation (to the Death Decrees in The Law) to those who are in The Yahushaic Covenant (because Yahusha has freed us from the fear of death by defeating death Hebrews 2:15), who do not walk according to the flesh (in bondage to the death decree Hebrews 2:15), but according to the Spirit (of Comfort i.e. The Comforter John 16:7 being set free from the fear of death Hebrews 2:15).
2 For the law of the Spirit of (loving obedience Ezekiel 36:26-2 that leads to eternal) life in The Yahushaic Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31), has made me free from the law of sin and death (the Mosaic Covenant with active death decrees).
3 For what the law could not do (deliver Eternal life Deuteronomy 12:28 and Jeremiah 7:23 and Joshua 1:6) in that it was weak through the flesh (because we sinned against the Law making us accountable to the Death Decrees which amount to a certificate of debt demanding our death Colossians 2:14), Yahuah did (covered the death decrees making The Law whole) by sending His own Son as a human being, on account of sin (to show by example ‘The Way’ a human can be perfected in Righteous Obedience before Yahuah Hebrews 2:10): Yahusha condemned sin in the flesh (by living The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering… being perfected Hebrews 2:10 and dying innocent in the eyes of The Law Philippians 2:8),
4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us (as the death decrees are nailed to the stake, and our sin is Passed Over by the blood of the Passover Lamb; restoring us to perfect obedience in the eyes of The Law for those who walked as walked 1 John 2:6, The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering Ephesians 5:22-33) who do not walk according to the flesh (fear of death Hebrews 2:15 which breeds enmity toward Yahuah Romans 8:7 below) but according to the Spirit (of Comfort , in which we lovingly obey the Law Ezekiel 36:26-27).
5 For those who live according to the flesh (in fear of death) set their minds on the things of the flesh (because they have no comfort they will live beyond this life), but those who live according to the Spirit (of Comfort), the things of the Spirit (because Yahuah has demonstrated through Yahusha that death can be defeated and set their eyes on Eternal life; not this fleshly life).
6 For to be carnally minded (enmity toward The Law of Yahuah) is death (you’ll be held to account to the Death Decrees in the Law), but to be spiritually minded (obey the Law out of love Ezekiel 36:26-27) is (Eternal) life and peace (there is no fear of death).
7 Because the carnal mind is hostility toward Yahuah (because you fear death) for it is not subject to the law of Yahuah (because you hate The Law, not having faith in Yahusha, for outside of faith, the Law is “sin and you die by decree” i.e. The Law of Sin and Death), nor indeed can be.
8 So then, those who are in the flesh (who are disobedient to The Law) cannot please Yahuah (they will be rounded up and cast out of The Kingdom Matthew 13:41).

My comments – That is what Sha’ul actually taught and believed!

Sha’ul clearly taught the proper context of The Mosaic Covenant and The Yahushaic Covenant that the primary difference was simply the death decrees were covered by the blood of the Lamb. Therefore:
  • The Mosaic Covenant was known as The Law of Sin and Death. Because it was without “Grace” and weakened by our flesh. So it was The Law of sin and therefore face the death decrees.
  • The Yahushaic Covenant was known as The Law of the Spirit of Life. Because the death decrees in The Law were covered and now Yahuah has given us a Loving heart toward the Law, brought us into complete obedience to it in covenant, and now The Law delivers Eternal Life as it was designed to as we obey the INTENT of The Law.
In Galatians, Sha’ul says the exact same thing he said in Romans, but he uses a parable to get the point across.

Galatians 4:21-31In context

21 Tell me, you whose desire is to be under the Law alone, do you not understand what the Law is saying to you (who do not have faith in The Yahushaic Covenant)?

22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman, and one by a free woman.

23 But whereas the child of the slave woman was born after the flesh (Abraham and Sarah demonstrated a lack of faith toward Yahuah’s promise and in their own strength tried to fulfill Yahuah’s promise by giving Abraham Hagar to produce the promise), the son of the free woman was through the promise (Isaac was the fulfillment of the promise through a miracle birth, eternal life is the promise for obedience to His Commandments).

  • we must put what Sha’ul is about to say in context of what Sha’ul taught in Romans 8 as I explained earlier in this Note, be sure you fully understand what it is that he taught

24 Now all this is parable; a story of one thing, which describes another thing, for these two women represent two covenants (The Law of Sin/Death i.e. The Abrahamic Covenant … and… The Law of the Spirit of Life ie The Yahushaic Covenant) The first which (Law of Sin and Death) comes from Mount Sinai (The Abrahamic Covenant), and whose children are slaves (to the fear of death Hebrews 2:15), is (symbolized by) Hagar—

25 For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia–which corresponds to Yerusalem at the present; now in bondage (to the death decrees as they killed the Messiah and rejected the Chief Cornerstone Matthew 21:42) with her children (those who keep the Law out of the fear of death outside of faith in The Yahushaic Covenant, as obedience without faith/love and faith without obedience… is death James 2:14-26).

26 But Yerusalem above; Yahuah Shammah, however, is (set) free (from death by Yahusha Hebrews 2:15); and is mother of us all (who enter into The Yahushaic Covenant, who now have a Spirit of Comfort John 16:7 and lovingly obey the Law Ezekiel 26:26-27),

27 For it is written: (Isaiah 54:1) Rejoice, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of she who has a husband, says Yahuah.

28 Now we, brothers, like Isaac was, are the children of promise (that Yahuah will forgive the Death Decrees in The Law, as Yahusha has saved us from bondage to the fear of death by fulfilling the promise of The Passover Lamb and being resurrected Hebrews 2so now The Law is “The Law of the Spirit of Life”).

29 Yet just as at that time, he who was born according to the flesh (and not reborn Spiritually, cannot please Yahuah BECAUSE they cannot subject themselves to His Law Romans 8) persecuted the one according to the Spirit (of Loving Obedience to The Law), so is it also now (The Jews and Christians have always persecuted the Nazarenes for having faith AND works like Abraham James 2:21).

30 However, what does the Scripture say? (Gen 21:10) Cast out the bondwoman and her son (those who break the Law will be cast out Matthew 13:41), for the son of the bondwoman (those who are in slavery to death, who are condemned by the Death Decrees) will never be heir with the son of the free woman (who has been set from the death decrees in The Yahushaic Covenant Romans 8).

31 So then, brothers, we are not children of the bondwoman (flesh, held captive to death), but of the free (woman, and have been set free from the bondage of sin and death Romans 8).

Blessings, Rav Sha’ul
NOTE: This is a very small part of my study guide “Sha’ul’s letter to the Called Out Ones of Galatia” where I show the true meaning of the entire book of Galatians IN CONTEXT verse by verse.