Verse 17 Paul made a thorough study of the scriptures in Arabia. Many great philosophers came from
Arabia. Many, many men go there, like we in India go to Tibet because there are not many people and
there isn't so much hustle and bustle. Thus it is possible to concentrate. Holy men go to Arabia to pray
there and to come back and to get right with God. It was the Arabs that gave us the figures—algebra.
Paul was not making tents. Many people say he was a tent-maker. But tent making is a woman's work.
A man is a sissy if he makes a tent. Paul was a saddle maker, but that is an art.
Verse 1 ''Bewitched you," should be "envied you." Khesan—Arabic for envy. Kesan—means to
bewitch. The Bishop thinks the translators took the Kesan instead of Khesan. The false teachers from
Judea were jealous of Paul's work in Galatia. They told the Jews that observance of Jewish tradition was
essential for salvation. Dr. Wierwille says the word should be bewitched because Paul was talking to the
people at the Church in Galatia, not to the men who were false teachers.
"Bewitched" = "lied to" you. Men were telling the Galatians that they could not be saved by faith
but must be saved by works of the law.
Verse 5 Son, burial of parents.
In East, son is considered a gift from God. The son is an asset, the daughter is a liability. Both are
loved alike though, and have equal privileges and opportunity to do what they would like. In India
women hold public offices. They have a good education if they want it. The boy is considered an asset
though because he stays home, takes care of and supports the parents, buries them, etc. The girls get
married and go to their husband's home and are not seen much afterwards.
The son must be present where the parents are buried because he has a part to play in the funeral of
the father and of the mother. The Book of Ecclesiastes is a must to read. The son carried a golden bowl
(chapter 12) before the bodies of the father and mother when they were dead. He breaks the golden bowl
which is the rite son gives to parents. The funeral is not respectable unless this rite is performed. If
childless, a son is adopted to perform the funeral rite. Cannot adopt a young child because he is not old
enough to answer before the judge. Must be at least 18-20 years old. Could be a poor relative. Take
good care of him for a month or so and then ask him if he would like to be adopted by them. When the
boy agrees, the adoption deed is drawn up with all the facts of the property included. It is all given to the
adopted son upon his agreement to bury the father and mother.
Verse 12 Translation: "Brethren, I beseech you, put yourself in my place." Brethren, put yourself in
my place, I always put myself in your place to understand you. Won't you put yourself in my place to
understand my position? Instead of the word "injured" use offend.
Oriental text: "My brethren, I beseech you, put yourselves in my place, just as once I put myself in
your place. You have not offended me at all." After Paul left the Galatians, they went back to some of
the bondage of the law rather than continuing in what Paul had told them. He was concerned that his
work with them had been in vain. Verse 11, "I am deeply concerned as to whether what I have done for
you has gone in vain."
Verse 15 (II Corinthians 12:7-9) Pluck out your eyes.
(II Corinthians 12:7-9) Thorn in the flesh. They say on the road to Damascus he was blinded. But
he was healed!
Wrote large letters because he was blind. Need not be, doesn't mean he was blind. We read into it.
He says to the Galatians, "Ye would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me." Another
idiom—loved so I'd even do this for you—an extension of their love.
Galatians 4:15. Pluck out your eyes—extension of love.
Even the most precious things I have I will give unto you because I love you so much. A figure, idiom.
Pluck out their eyes. They loved Paul so much that they would do anything for him, even pluck out
their eyes and give them to him. They do not necessarily indicate he is blind. Actually, it is a figure of speech.
Verse 20 Paul wants to say here: "I wish I could be with you now, and could change the tone of my
voice, because I am deeply concerned about you."
Verse 27 "For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest
not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband." Translation: "For as it
is written, Make merry all you barren that bearest not; rejoice and cry, O you who travailest not: for the
children of the forsaken are more numerous than the children of the one who is favored."
Barren women. Women in East who are barren are not treated well. They are not allowed to take
any part in the marriages. They are not supposed to touch the vessels in the temple of God. They believe
that God has cursed them. There are three types of women who do not have a good standing in Eastern
society. They are the unmarried, widows and childless, because they are not allowed to attend marriages
or other ceremonies, or to give blessings, etc. They believe that God does not favor them because of
some sin they did in their last incarnation.
In the New Testament, God gives hope to these people. Eastern text: "For it is written, Make merry,
O thou barren who bear not. Rejoice and cry, O you who travail not. For the children of the forsaken are
more numerous than the children of the one who is favored.'' "Forsaken"—because the people forsake
them. The gospel of Jesus Christ has liberated us from all bondage, and we are free from condemnation.
Verse 2 (Philippians 2:3,4) Bear one another's burdens.
Philippians 2:4, be not interested and concerned, just in our own matters, but also in matters of
others. Galatians 6:2, bear one another's burdens. In the East, many times you can see on the road two
stones sticking up with one lying across the top of them. People who carry heavy load on head lie down
on this stone to rest awhile. It was part of the culture for Easterners to help someone carrying a heavy
burden, even if he was a stranger. Every man must give his shoulder to the burden. We should help
anyone who is weary and heavy-laden and has a need.
Verse 11 See Acts 9:17,18