Dear Mishpochah (family):
This is the third article in the series of "Understanding
Galatians". The first article explained from research verified in the
dead sea scrolls that the phrase, "Works of the law" referred to
MAN MADE interpretation of the ORAL LAW. The second article explained
how the phrase, "The law was added ... " was referring to the
incident of the golden calf and the establishment of the Levitical
In this article, we will explain Paul's
being an allegory of Hagar, Ishmael and the flesh and Isaac being an
allegory of the heavenly
UNDER THE LAW?
KJV Galatians Tell me, ye
that desire to be under the law, do ye
not hear the law?
While it is important to read ALL of scripture in
CONTEXT, it is especially important to read the book of Galatians in
context. Many Christian leaders and members of the body of Messiah
believe that Galatians CONTRADICTS what was written by Moses and what
was said by the Messiah. They attempt to reconcile this APPARENT
contradiction by the doctrine of "progressive revelation". Basically,
"progressive revelation" teaches that one part of the Bible can
supercede or do away with what was written or said in another part of
The core of the problem with understanding the book of
Galatians is the ASSUMPTION that it contradicts what is written by
Moses and the teachings of the Messiah. When I was a teenager and
attended a service at a Methodist church, the pastor made the
statement that what Paul wrote contradicted what Messiah taught. He
then made the statement that we should believe Paul over the Messiah
because Paul had the "greater revelation" of the "mystery of the
gospel". Was the Methodist Pastor correct in having this view?
Of course the basic problem with the viewpoint
Methodist Pastor was that he was trying to understand the writings of
Paul through the CHURCH DOCTRINE which he had already established in his
mind rather than allowing the Word of YHVH to interpret itself.
OBEYING YHVH IS BONDAGE?
When I sent out the last teaching article on Galatians, I
had a Pastor write to me and tell me that Paul was saying in
Galatians that obeying the Torah brought us into bondage. This Pastor
also wrote and told me that he believed and taught the entire Bible
from Genesis to Revelation for over 30 years.
What AMAZES me is that we have been so programmed in
traditional Christianity to view the Bible (especially the book of
Galatians) with an anti-Torah viewpoint that I wonder how we don't
THINK what we actually SAY and SAY we BELIEVE.
Do we really believe that OBEYING the word of YHVH brings
us into bondage?
The Torah is the Word of YHVH. Does the Bible say that if
we OBEY the WORD of YHVH / Torah that we get into bondage? Doesn't
the Bible say that when we SIN we get into bondage?
WHAT IS SIN?
KJV 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:
for sin is the transgression of the law.
SIN = DISOBEY TORAH
SIN = (DISOBEY TORAH) = BRINGS US INTO BONDAGE
The Bible actually teaches us that SIN brings us into
BONDAGE. However, traditional Christian leaders tell us that if we
OBEY the Word of YHVH / Torah (which is NOT sinning ... I John 3:4)
that we get into bondage.
OBEYING YHVH BRINGS FREEDOM
What the Bible really teaches is that OBEYING YHVH (which
means obeying His Word / Torah) brings us freedom and sets us free.
THE LAW OF
James referred to the Torah as liberty which comes from
OBEYING the Torah.
KJV James But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
THE TRUTH SETS US FREE
KJV John Then
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
KJV John And
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
THE TORAH IS TRUTH
KJV Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and thy law is the truth.
KJV Malachi 2:6 The
law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was
not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did
turn many away from iniquity.
JACOB IN BONDAGE FOR DISOBEYING TORAH
We are told in the Bible that the house of Jacob got into
bondage (prison house) for NOT obeying the Torah.
KJV Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and
spoiled; they are all
of them snared in holes, and they are hid in PRISON HOUSES: they are
for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
KJV Isaiah 42:24 Who gave JACOB for a spoil, and
robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they
would NOT WALK in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his LAW.
TRUST IN YHVH OR TRUST IN MAN MADE TRADITION?
KJV Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men.
KJV Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth
in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
KJV Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed
is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and
whose hope the LORD is.
UNDER THE LAW?
KJV Galatians Tell me, ye
that desire to be under the law, do ye
not hear the law?
TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN = UNDER THE LAW
SIN = DISOBEYING TORAH
BONDAGE = DISOBEYING TORAH
ABRAHAM HAD TWO SONS
KJV Galatians For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the
one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
The son of the bondmaid was Ishmael. The son of the
freewoman was Isaac.
KJV Galatians But he who was
of the bondwoman was born after the
flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Ishmael and Isaac represent the two natures in man.
Ishmael represents the flesh / sin nature. Isaac represents the
walking in the spirit of YHVH.
KJV Galatians Which things
are an allegory: for these are the two
covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage,
which is Agar.
KJV Galatians 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and
answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her
The chidlren of the earthly
flesh / sin nature = Disobey Torah
Ishamel = flesh / sin nature = Bondage = Earthly
KJV Galatians But
mother of us all.
KJV Galatians Now we,
brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of
Isaac = spirit of YHVH = Children of promise = walking in Torah = Heavenly Jerusalem
KJV Galatians But as then he
that was born after the flesh
persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Ishmael = Born after flesh = Sin nature = Disobey Torah = Bondage
Isaac = Born after the spirit = indwelling Holy Spirit = Obey Torah = Freedom
The sin nature (disobey Torah) persecutes those that are born after
the Spirit (obey Torah). Those that want to disobey Torah speak to
those that want to obey Torah and say: "Why do you want to follow
Torah (not sin), don't you want to be free (disobey Torah)? Messiah
set us free from obeying the law (obeying the word of YHVH)"
Good (obeying Torah) is called evil.
Evil (disobeying Torah) is called good (freedom)
KJV Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter!
LIGHT = OBEYING TORAH
DARKNESS = DISOBEYING TORAH
KJV Proverbs For the
commandment is a lamp; and the LAW is LIGHT;
and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
To the LAW and to the testimony: if they speak NOT
according to this word, it is because there is NO LIGHT in them.
CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN
KJV Galatians Nevertheless
what saith the scripture? Cast out the
bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir
with the son of the freewoman.
How do you cast out the bondwoman (the flesh)? You crucify the
flesh by walking in the spirit.
KJV Romans But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not
provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
KJV Galatians And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh
with the affections and lusts.
KJV Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law
might be fulfilled in
us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ishmael = flesh / sin nature = Disobey Torah = lusts of the flesh
Isaac = walking in the spirit = Obey Torah = Righteousness of the Torah
CHILDREN OF THE FREEWOMAN
KJV Galatians So then, brethren, we are not children of the
bondwoman, but of the free.
If we are children of the freewoman (Isaac), we
after the spirit. Those who are born of the spirit obey Torah.
BORN AFTER SPIRIT = OBEY TORAH
KJV 1 Peter
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
THE INDWEELING HOLY SPIRIT = GIVEN SO WE CAN OBEY TORAH IN SPIRIT
KJV Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of
your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
KJV Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you
to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
KJV Romans For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
KJV Hebrews But ye are come
of the living God, the heavenly
company of angels,
Ishmael = Flesh / sin nature =
of stone (disobey Torah)
Isaac = walking in the spirit =
Torah written upon a heart of flesh (obey's Torah)
UNDERSTANDING GALATIANS: THIS IS AN ALLEGORY ....
KJV Galatians Which things are an allegory ...
Because they try to interpret the book of Galatians through
their own established church doctrines (the traditions of men),
traditional Christianity has misunderstood the ALLEGORY that Paul
speaks of in Galatians 4.
Paul was actually explaining the difference between someone who
puts their trust in man-made tradition (church doctrines / oral law)
and who disobeys Torah verses someone who puts their trust in Yeshua
the Messiah and obeys Torah.
Man-made tradition / oral law brings us into bondage.
Trusting in Yeshua as Messiah and obeying Torah
brings us into
liberty and freedom.
I pray that this teaching has been a rich blessing to your
studies. May YHVH bless you always.
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l