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I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel— not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell!
Paul is readying the Galatian church for some correction. There is evidence that there are some teaching a false gospel in Galatia that threatens the true gospel message. The true gospel message is all about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice to redeem us from a state of sin and death, and a resulting grace that is always sufficient. We cannot save ourselves, and do nothing to help ourselves be saved. We receive that which is already accomplished on our behalf, and what was accomplished could only be accomplished by Jesus Himself. Do not be deceived and led astray, hold tight to Jesus!
From Paul, an apostle (not from men, nor by human agency, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead) and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia. Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever! Amen.
It was in the heart of God our Father in Heaven to save us all along. Jesus did not change the mind of the Father, or do something unexpected by the Trinity. The plan was of sacrifice, and because of Jesus our hope is secure and the Father's salvation plan finished. One purpose of sacrifice in the Old Testament was to prepare our hearts and minds to receive the "once and for all" sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and to receive grace, forgiveness, and reconciliation from our loving God. In Christ we are called, like Paul, to share the gospel and introduce the world to their Savior - Jesus!
You must not make for yourself an image of anything in heaven above, on earth below, or in the waters beneath. You must not worship or serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. I punish the sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons for the sin of the fathers who reject me, but I show covenant faithfulness to the thousands who choose me and keep my commandments.
There are at least 2 issues mentioned here. First, the lure of idol worship. An idol is anything that is more important to you than God Himself. Our God is rightly and righteously jealous for us, and He comes second to nothing else. Second, the idea of generational sin. Today, if you are a parent, strive to live your life led by the Holy Spirit, and seek to put behind you any perpetual sin. It is your heart of humility, your ability to receive grace, and your desperate need for Christ Jesus that matters. God promises to show faithfulness to the generations that have turned to Him.
When David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan and David became bound together in close friendship. Jonathan loved David as much as he did his own life. Saul retained David on that day and did not allow him to return to his father’s house. Jonathan made a covenant with David, for he loved him as much as he did his own life. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with the rest of his gear, including his sword, his bow, and even his belt.
Though an evil spirit and confusion plagued Saul's reign as king, his son Jonathan saw things very clearly. We see a God-centered closeness between 2 men as Jonathan and David "became one in spirit" (NIV). Jonathan, the would be heir to the throne of Israel, takes off his robe, sword, bow, and belt and gives it to David. The imagery here is powerful, as we see Jonathan figuratively giving the kingdom of Israel to David, surrendering his future reign to him. Samuel had already anointed David as Israel's King, and starting with Jonathan we see the hearts of Israel being shaped for God's man.
I am obligated to fulfill the vows I made to you, O God; I will give you the thank-offerings you deserve, when you deliver my life from death. You keep my feet from stumbling, so that I might serve God as I enjoy life.
Throughout David's life, God delivers his life from death numerous times. David faces Goliath, God is with him, and he triumphs. King Saul pursues David throughout his reign as King, and David is able to avoid capture. David commits adultery with Bathsheba, and even though the dire consequence of his son's death is paid, David repents and finds forgiveness in God. God "keeps our feet from stumbling" just as he did David, and so many others. Remember this, especially when going through tough seasons. God delivers us from things we don't even know about, and we can trust Him completely.