My commentaries on the book of Galatians to bring to light the evil of tithing (part 4)
*my commentary on selected verses is written under the verse in brackets*
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
(This is coming from the last verse of the last chapter where we are introduced to the concept of being heirs. Now we have two stages in the life of the heir: when he is a slave and when matured. The idea expressed here is “as long as he is a child”. This does not mean that being a child is compulsory. Rather it is a choice you make. As long as you remain a child is speaking about a choice you make. It has to do with you. And as we go on we will discover that this has nothing to do with spiritual growth in terms of knowing the word or prayer. The word “servant” should catch our attention. To be a servant is the opposite of being in liberty. And we have seen attachment to the law in anyway, and in this particular discuss – tithing- as being anti the liberty we have in Christ. So slavery, as Paul will further explain is anything that smells like a romance with the law. And that is remaining a child, though you are an heir. That is not cool at all.)
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
(now the father here is not God. That should be very clear to us. This is just an illustration and what Paul was driving at, as we will see later, is that romance with the law is slavery. Tutors and Governors is about the practice at that time and not to be spritualised.)
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
(Now note that word: bondage. That is exactly where Paul was going to. He tried in show that any romance with the law is bondage. He would use different analogy as he goes on. But he would return to the theme again in this book. “We are in bondage” is always a reference to the law. “Elements of the world”, is about the rules and patterns that is acceptable in the worldly system.)
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
(Now we understand that the slavery and childhood is not about you or my development as a Christian, but something that was in the past, when men had no choice but to be in slavery to the law. “Fullness of time” refers to the manifestation of Jesus. So we see that there is a limit to which we can take the illustration of tutors and… Taking it further, he would have said, “when you have finished your learning and you have graduated.” He mentioned the coming of Jesus as our “graduation” for any obligation to the law, from bondage, from the “elementary principles of this world, from slavery.)
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
(Pay attention to the word redeem. Paul is trying to warn people that they should not act as if they have NOT been redeem from the law. The point is, these people did not know the implication of the manifestation of Jesus. It is a break from the law but they did not know. Paul wanted to impress that on them. When we are redeemed we received adoption of sons.)
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
(Again he goes back to servant hood and contrasted that with being heirs of God. As an heir of God, should I tithe? It is clear that if I tithe, I am behaving like a slave, still a child and still in bondage)
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
(This is the million dollar “tithe” question. Paul is asking you tithers: why turn ye…do you desire again to be in bondage. These people who tithe don’t know what they are doing. They don’t know that they are choosing bondage, when liberty has been offered to them. It’s a serious issue. These people have turned away from liberty and have chosen bondage. That is what all tithers have done.)
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
(In these matter of tithe, the people take calculator and start to divide money, sharing their money with God. What an insult. God has become an idol with that practice, that you give things to.)
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(How do you think Paul is feeling in heaven with the church love for tithing.)
12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as Iam; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.note
16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
(That is the question I want to ask those who have decided to fight me because I fight tithing)
17 They zealously affect you, butnot well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
(Here Paul goes back to attack the preachers of the law to that church. He said they are seeking to control the people, not that they love the people.)
18 But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
(This is a serious matter. These people were still speaking in tongues, going to church, still singing o sing o sing o, praise the Lord, still fasting, going for evangelism, doing their morning devotion, but Paul said that the right concept of Christ has be deformed in them. Just because they embraced the law <as we have embraced tithing>, and therefore embraced bondage, contradicting their deliverance in Christ. Making the sacrifice of Jesus “worthless” over them.)
20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you. note note
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
(Tell me those who want to tithe, don’t you understand what you are doing?)
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
(Here Paul returned to the concept of slavery versus freedom/liberty. Just be clear that if you tithe, you have chosen bondage.)
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
(Following the narrative it is clear that after the flesh is talking about slavery talking about obedience to the law. The tither is “born after the flesh”, in a sense. That is their “spiritual genes”. They are of the bondwoman <this has nothing to do with MUSLIMS, just the Christian romancing with the law.> They reject freedom in Christ, so they are chosen to be of the bondwoman in their psyche.)
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
(This is an allegory. Meaning stories used to illustrate spiritual truth. Two covenants. You have to choose. You cannot mix it. It is as clear as night and day. Tithe belongs to the old covenant. That is very plain. You cannot tithe and try to explain to yourself that it was prelaw. You are deceiving yourself, and nobody else. The old Covenant has to do with bondage, inclusive of tithing. It does not matter from which angle you look at it. How nice you paint it, what positive things you can see in it. It is still bondage. At least for now, you have not written your own bible. Whatever derives from Mount Sinai is bondage, just like the Hagar the slave woman who gave birth to a child, gave birth to bondage.)
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
(Again the matter of bondage and freedom/liberty. How do you see the church right now with the attachment to tithes? She is in bondage with all her children. That is clear enough.)
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
(Note the word: free. Paul using many means is trying to knock in the truth of the contrast between law and Christ, which stand for bondage and liberty. It does not matter what you think, how you feel, how you argue. These are the bare facts according to scriptures. And tithe is law. Can you please wake up?)
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thoubarren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 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.
(Now the matter of inheritance, being heirs is brought to fore again. The point is, you cannot enter into your inheritance with a slavery mentality, with a legalism, law mentality. It cannot happen. You deceive yourself, regardless of what you have seen in the “power of God.” You cannot tithe and enter into your inheritance.)
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
(How do you see yourself? Paul was really trying to help the Galatians as I am trying to help you that they should see themselves as free. Not children of the bondwoman, not children of Sinai. Sinai is the place of the giving of the law. You cannot turn to Christ and turn to the law at the same time. You have to turn your back to the law, including tithing to fully turn to Christ. Otherwise, you don’t know real freedom. This book is about the truth of freedom in Christ, and without any compromise with the law, not even a inch of accommodation for it, that tithing stands for. The choice is yours. You have nobody to blame except yourself, if you continue to choose bondage.)