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Galatians 4:5–6

by Danny Mihailovic last modified Feb 23, 2014 12:54 AM
We must progress slowly from this point on. The Apostle draws out the finer aspects of the relationship between God and His people by juxtaposing the people of God under the Law, against the people of God now, as adopted sons and daughters.

To gain an appreciation of the difference here, one must go back a few steps and in order to understand just how significant the law was and is to its Jewish constituency.  To begin with, the Torah, which consists of the first five books of the bible, is indeed a sacred text.  So sacred, that it is deemed to have been in existence before the physical creation of the Universe.  Does that sound absurd to the Gentile mind?  Yes it does.  How can God have a human language?   More to the point, did God speak Hebrew when he spoke our known world and universe into existence?  When God said, “Let there be light?”  What was that language?  Did the author of Genesis simply record the history of Creation in Hebrew, or did God actually speak those words.  A close examination of the language suggests that God may have spoken that language as He created.  The logic is certainly there.

There is not enough room in this series to explore   this now, but we should know this,  that every letter in the Hebrew language is actually a word, and that it has a numerical value.  Those values reveal a weight of importance on the one hand, but also divine representation on the other.  For example even in the words God and Man…..there is an alphabetical connection in the divine through the numerical value of each letter after each letter is broken down into its fullest expression.  Both the words Adam and Yahweh, when finally broken down into their individual constructions, add up to the value of 45.  At first glance this is not so, until you break down every letter in the divine name to get its true numerical value.  Then it opens up to us as startling revelation.  God and man are connected.

How is that important?  To the Jew, even in Jesus time, this was the jot and tittle  that so occupied the mind of the scribe and Pharisee.  To be this fanatical about the language especially in relation to the Torah (law) meant that the law was indeed a divine gift to man.  It represented God’s intimacy with man.  Every word and letter connected God with man.  This was the Jewish mind.  Understandably, then, every Hebrew saw his connection with God through the written word…the Torah. Actually, the language itself is a beautiful language and has so much more design and divine reference in it than any other language on earth.  For example, to pray, in Hebrew means to bring oneself into judgement before the seat of God.   That is to examine our petitions and concerns before God….to see if our hearts are truly concerned for the things of God or just selfish requests.  So when Paul raised the issue of the law, he understood the kind of confrontation this would bring to the nation of Israel.  The analogy that Christ is the fulfilment of the Law is quite profound and it has more to do with what the language of what the Law says about Christ  rather than the idea of trying of simply trying to gain righteousness.  If we start with the idea of simply trying to be righteous then we miss the point of the Law.  The law is Holy, Spiritual and good according to Romans 7.  In other words, it is indeed a divine revelation of the nature of God, and in its own right stands as a portrait of the living God as a Holy and Supreme being.  Christ in His fulfilment of that Law, is the fullest reflection of divine goodness as Adam was.  Remember – Adam and Yahweh have that connection – numerically in the value system of the Hebrew alphabet…..When Jesus is described as the Alpha and the Omega….(Greek alphabet)……in the Torah, as Creator, God is described as having created all things ……by a little preposition…”Eth”…..which the Rabbis see as significant in that while it is an object marker grammatically….ie pointing out a definite object…The heavens…etc, the word itself is the equivalent of the Greek Alpha and Omega….in this case in it is the Aleph and the Taw….first and last letters of the Hebrew Alphabet…..Jesus is all of those according to the New Testament……The first and the last.  He embraces all of creation.  He is the “word” in the beginning.  The fullness of time here in verse 4….looks to this very thing……that Jesus came to do what written words could not do.  He came and revealed God….not words……but he was born under the Law……and this is of great importance because the Law was an expression of who He was…..the temple and all that it portrayed….the commandments; the covenants; the writings….all of them….pointed to the Son of God….(next...To redeem those under the law)