- When we last studied Galatians, we read about how the law was a guardian of God’s people during the time we were considered children.
- During that time, young children weren’t treated any differently than the slaves.
- So, God’s people “were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.  [But then] God sent forth his Son… to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (4:3-7)
Now we’re ready to continue that thought in verse eight…
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
- Now, the main problem is that these former-pagans heard the gospel and received it, but then they heard the law and received it too.
- So, in response, Paul says, “Your former religion was slavery to things that aren’t even gods.”
- You were slaves because you were forced to work to please the gods.
- And, as we’ll see in the next verse, their religious practices were nothing more than weak and worthless elementary principles.
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NOTE: The last few minutes of the recording are missing.
- We’re studying through the book of Judges, and last time we talked about Gideon’s victory over the Midianites.
- We ended at 8:28 with, “Midian was subdued […]. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.” (v. 28)
Now we’re ready to pick up in verse 29 and read the next part of the story…
 Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house.  Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.  And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.  And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, at Ophrah of the Abiezrites.  As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god.  And the people of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side,  and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.Read More »
- When we last studied Judges, we read about how Gideon was called to fight and defeat the Midianites.
- The Midianites were raiders who came up every year to steal Israel’s food.
- And they were compared to locusts because they “laid waste the land” (6:5) and were innumerable.
- We read that they set up camp to prepare for the newest raid, but they didn’t know that God had called Gideon to fight them.
- Gideon sent messengers to some of the surrounding tribes and managed to build an army of 32,000 men.
- But God didn’t want them to brag about their own efforts, so he reduced it to only 300.
- These men surrounded the Midianite camp at night and scared them by blowing trumpets, breaking pots, screaming, and lighting torches.
- It might not have sounded like a great idea, but God was fighting for them.
- He “set every man’s sword against his comrade and against all the army.” (7:22)
- Those who weren’t killed began to flee, and the Israelites chased them down.
- With the Midianites on the run, Gideon sent more messengers to Ephraim asking them to cut off their escape.
- The Ephraimites answered and captured the two main leaders and put them to death.
- Then they brought their heads to Gideon, but they weren’t happy…
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