May 30, 2021
DAY 148: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we begin our journey through the book Galatians. Once again the Apostle Paul is writing to a church that strayed from the true teaching of Jesus. The problems experienced centered on freedom from the customs of legal Judaism and freedom in Christ.
Ask God for His understanding of Galatians 1-3. Read Galatians 1-3. Let’s journey!
This letter to the churches of Galatia was written by the Apostle Paul, who had visited many of the churches during one of his missionary journeys. The letter addresses some of the problems that were ongoing between the Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians. Jewish Christians had come to churches of Galatia and were trying to impose the laws of the Torah on Gentile Christians.
Galatians 1-3: Paul continues to answer the question, “Is a believer saved by works?” In Galatia, the Jewish and Gentile christians confronted this question as it related to Jewish ceremonially laws. The simplest example, and the one mention by the Apostle Paul, is circumcision. Do Gentiles need to be circumcised to be saved? No! Do Jews need to be circumcised to be saved? No! Are the Jewish customary laws part of the Ten Commandments given by God? No! Keep reading or you will miss the answer. (Galatians 1:1-3:29)
During and after today’s reading, carefully consider the issue or issues that are being discussed. From where does the conflict arise? What arguments being made on both sides of the issue? How does understanding this help you grow in your relationship with the Lord?
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