In today’s YouTube video Rudy Ross gives listeners a brief outline of Jewish festivals. He ends the discussion with an appeal for God’s people to pray on behalf of other people.
I hope you will get a chance to listen to the video on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
For my blog article today, I will present a few thoughts on Paul’s appeal to the Galatian church.
— Galatians 4.8-11 – Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods.
Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental principles? How can you want to be enslaved to them again?
You are observing special days and months and seasons and years.
I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
This morning, I read a brief article by Simone Weil, a profound French Christian philosopher of another generation.
She pointed out the attraction of idolatry and the need to resist idol worship. According to Weil, people are drawn to the idols of nationalism, materialism, and public personalities.
Paul would agree. He how easy it is for humans to be enslaved to beings that are not gods.
The next time you listen to the evening news, pay attention to the number of times the economy, inflation, political, sports, and entertainment personalities are mentioned.
What is most frequently featured in the media reflects the attention our culture gives to idols.
Followers of Jesus the Messiah (Christ) should be different.
The One True God has revealed himself to us. His Son died for us and his Spirit lives in us.
Yet, Simone Weil’s words spoken almost 100 years ago continue to ring true. The “weak and beggarly elemental principles” (verse 9) of our culture continue to demand attention.
I heard Rick Warren exhort Southern Baptists this week to “Keep the main thing the main thing.”
It is easy to be caught up in American culture wars and end up giving our allegiance to idols (substitutes for God).
The “main thing” is faith in Christ and devotion to his mission on earth. If we faithfully do that, we will find ourselves aligned with God’s purposes.
Special Days and Seasons
Rudy Ross is right that the “special days and months and seasons and years” in verse 10 have more to do with Gentile customs than Jewish.
We used this verse to learn some valuable insights into Jewish festivals and observances.
We are indebted to the Jewish foundation of our faith. For example, without the sacrificial system, we would not be able to understand Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins.
Rudy talks about one of the Jewish festivals that involved intercession, and prayer for other people.
In the video, I referred to our grandson Grayson and how he appealed to his mother for a small favor.
Picture your child or grandchild sitting on your lap. When we pray, like a little child we crawl onto the lap of our Heavenly Father. As we assume the position of a little child, we ask God to work on behalf of another.
That is the nature of intercession. Instead of putting our trust in things that are non-gods, let’s exercise our “child of God” privilege in prayer for ourselves and others.
Rudy Ross and I have produced a video on this passage. It can be seen on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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