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Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 4, 2013


One of the mistakes people make when trying to interpret scripture is attempting to apply it to today’s standards. Paul is one of the most misquoted authors in the Bible. People seem to think, if its from the New Testament, it must apply to us, so why would we refer to the Old Testament? The fact of the matter is, most of what Paul wrote is a quote from the Old Testament. As a matter of fact, Paul’s intent was to send the Galatians back to scripture. Paul was smart enough to know he didn’t have all the answers, so he took the most logical step. Paul carefully arranged his letters to ensure the Galatians confirmed each quote and relied on God’s Spirit to answer all their questions. Verse after verse was arranged to make it easy for the Galatians to follow Paul’s sequence of evidence provided over generations. It doesn’t seem to make sense. Today’s theologians claim to posses a greater degree of enlightenment, but fail to understand the simple context of Paul’s letters written to new leaders with little or no experience.

 

Galatians 3:8 NLTse What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-3 NLTse The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. (2) I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. (3) I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 22:16-18 NLTse “This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that (17) I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. (18) And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed–all because you have obeyed me.”

 

Galatians 3:10 NLTse But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

Deuteronomy 27:15-26 NLTse (15) ‘Cursed is anyone who carves or casts an idol and secretly sets it up. These idols, the work of craftsmen, are detestable to the LORD.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (16) ‘Cursed is anyone who dishonors father or mother.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (17) ‘Cursed is anyone who steals property from a neighbor by moving a boundary marker.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (18) ‘Cursed is anyone who leads a blind person astray on the road.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (19)‘Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans, or widows.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (20) ‘Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with one of his father’s wives, for he has violated his father.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (21) ‘Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with an animal.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (22) ‘Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with his sister, whether she is the daughter of his father or his mother.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (23) ‘Cursed is anyone who has sexual intercourse with his mother-in-law.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (24) ‘Cursed is anyone who attacks a neighbor in secret.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (25) ‘Cursed is anyone who accepts payment to kill an innocent person.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ (26) ‘Cursed is anyone who does not affirm and obey the terms of these instructions.‘ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NLTse (26) “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! (27) You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today. (28) But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the LORD your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.

 

Galatians 3:11 NLTse So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Habakkuk 2:1-7 NLTse I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint. (2) Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. (3) This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. (4) “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. (5) Wealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They open their mouths as wide as the grave, and like death, they are never satisfied. In their greed they have gathered up many nations and swallowed many peoples. (6) “But soon their captives will taunt them. They will mock them, saying, ‘What sorrow awaits you thieves! Now you will get what you deserve! You’ve become rich by extortion, but how much longer can this go on?’ (7) Suddenly, your debtors will take action. They will turn on you and take all you have, while you stand trembling and helpless.

 

Galatians 3:12 NLTse This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”

Leviticus 18:3-5 NLTse So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. (4) You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the LORD your God. (5) If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

 

Galatians 3:13 NLTse But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

Deuteronomy 21:22-23 NLTse (22) “If someone has committed a crime worthy of death and is executed and hung on a tree, (23) the body must not remain hanging from the treeovernight. You must bury the body that same day, for anyone who is hung is cursed in the sight of God. In this way, you will prevent the defilement of the land the LORD your God is giving you as your special possession.

 

Galatians 3:16 NLTse God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn’t say “to his children,” as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says “to his child“–and that, of course, means Christ.

Genesis 21:12 NLTse But God told Abraham, “Do not be upset over the boy and your servant. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.

 

Galatians 3:22 NLTse But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 9:11-12 NLTse (11) Because of the covenant I made with you, sealed with blood, I will free your prisoners from death in a waterless dungeon. (12) Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.

 

Galatians 4:6 NLTse And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.

Isaiah 44:2-5 NLTse The LORD who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one. (3) For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. (4) They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. (5) Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD.’ Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’ Some will write the LORD’s name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own.”

 

Galatians 4:7 NLTse Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Lamentations 3:21-33 NLTse (21) Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: (22) The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. (23) Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (24) I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” (25) The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. (26) So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD. (27) And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: (28) Let them sit alone in silence beneath the LORD’s demands. (29) Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last. (30) Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies. (31) For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. (32) Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. (33) For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

 

Galatians 4:8-9 NLTse Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. (9) So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?

Psalms 115:1-16 NLTse Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. (2) Why let the nations say, “Where is their God?” (3) Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes. (4) Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. (5) They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. (6) They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. (7) They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound. (8) And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them. (9) O Israel, trust the LORD! He is your helper and your shield. (10) O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the LORD! He is your helper and your shield. (11) All you who fear the LORD, trust the LORD! He is your helper and your shield. (12) The LORD remembers us and will bless us. He will bless the people of Israel and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron. (13) He will bless those who fear the LORD, both great and lowly. (14) May the LORD richly bless both you and your children. (15) May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (16) The heavens belong to the LORD, but he has given the earth to all humanity.

 

Galatians 4:22-26 NLTse (22) The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave-wife and one from his freeborn wife. (23) The son of the slave-wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. (24) These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. (25) And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. (26) But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother.

Genesis 16:1-6 NLTse Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. (2) So Sarai said to Abram, “The LORD has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. (3) So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) (4) So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. (5) Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The LORD will show who’s wrong–you or me!” (6) Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.

Genesis 21:1-6 NLTse The LORD kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. (2) She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. (3) And Abraham named their son Isaac. (4) Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. (5) Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. (6) And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.

 

Galatians 4:27 NLTse As Isaiah said, “Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!”

Isaiah 54:1-8 NLTse “Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem, you who have never been in labor. For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband,” says the LORD. (2) “Enlarge your house; build an addition. Spread out your home, and spare no expense! (3) For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities. (4) “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. (5) For your Creator will be your husband; the LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. (6) For the LORD has called you back from your grief– as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,” says your God. (7) “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will take you back. (8) In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.

 

Galatians 4:28-29 NLTse (28) And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. (29) But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit.

Genesis 21:8-9 NLTse When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion. (9) But Sarah saw Ishmael–the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar–making fun of her son, Isaac.

 

Galatians 4:30-31 NLTse (30) But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” (31) So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.

Genesis 21:10-13 NLTse So she turned to Abraham and demanded, “Get rid of that slave-woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won’t have it!” (11) This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son. (12) But God told Abraham, “Do not be upset over the boy and your servant. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted. (13) But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is your son, too.”

 

Galatians 6:1-3 NLTse Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. (2) Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (3) If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Deuteronomy 14:27-29 NLTse (27) And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you. (28) “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town. (29) Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all your work.

Deuteronomy 22:1-4 NLTse (1) “If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. (2) If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. (3) Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility. (4) “If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet!

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