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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

STRENGTHENING THE BRETHREN           Page 2
V. 2 (Cont'd.)

A far more common word used for "behold" is "idou", used some 187 times, for example; Pilate said, "You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you have made against Him..." (Luke 23:14)

The word that Paul uses here is far more scarce in Scripture (translated only 21 times as "behold"; only 8 more as either "lo, look, see, or see here") and it is used to get their attention.

** What phrase does Paul add to this word to make sure that the Galatians are listening?

"...I, Paul, say to you..." He is about to make this bold proclamation based upon his apostolic
authority! cf. Galatians 1:1

** Right out of the starting blocks, Paul starts "Strengthening the Brethren". How would you put his warning to the Galatians into your own words?

If you insist on trying to earn your salvation, then the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ on
your behalf is wasted!

** Is Paul pronouncing a Biblical prohibition on the medical practice of circumcision?

No! It is the motive behind the act that he is addressing. "...if you receive circumcision [for the purpose of obtaining salvation], Christ will be of no benefit to you."

** Did Paul ever get involved in circumcision?

Yes! Look with me at Acts 16:1-3. Paul had Timothy (unlike the gentile, Titus [Galatians 2:3]) circumcised "because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek"(V.3). Paul did not want Timothy rejected as a "half- breed", so he had Timothy circumcised in keeping with Jewish custom and not for religious principle.
cf. 1Corinthians 9:20-23

V. 3 ** Now back in Galatians 5:3, of what requirement does Paul remind the would-be law keeper?

You must keep the entire law! James, the brother of our Lord knew that to be true.
cf. James 2:10

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