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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Four: Message Outlines

Galatians 4:21-31 (5)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 5
December 9, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The bondage of Jewish legalism consists, fundamentally, of being "belief-subjected" to a concept that makes a good relationship with Yahweh an impossibility.

Introduction:In our last study we considered several of the facets of Paul's use of Hagar to explain the message of the Law. She/it is a Justice-based covenant that can only produce slaves and she/it was a producer of disaster in Abram's household just waiting for another opportunity to capitalize upon any further vacillations by Abram into unbelief.

At the "covenant" level, Hagar existed in Abram's household as a testament to his failure of faith in the "land" aspects of Yahweh's promise and was a tool of disaster in light of the "seed" aspects of that Promise.

Tonight we are going to look into the final elements of Paul's use of Hagar to explain the message of the Law. Paul's focus is upon Arabia and Jerusalem's "present" (first century) bondage.


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