BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – SEPTEMBER 07, 2011

GALATIANS CHAPTER 4:8-31


In Chapter 4:8-31, Paul shows his deep concern and affection for the Galatians. In these remaining verses of Galatians 4th Chapter, Paul seems to teach some contradictions to the Galatians. What Paul says and how he says it are some important to the Christian church today. Please read carefully and prayerfully Galatians 4:8-31 as you prepare to discuss today’s assignment.
1.In Galatians 4:8 & 9, Paul expresses concerns about the Galatians voluntarily going back to the kind of slavery they were in “when they did not know God.” What kind of slavery was Paul referring to that the Galatians were previously under?
2. Since they had become “known by God,” and were under “weak and miserable forces,” the KJV calls them “weak and beggarly,” who or what were those forces?
3. What were some of the Jewish “special days and months and seasons and years,” the Galatians were observing that made Paul fear he had wasted his time with them?
4. In Verse 12, what do you think Paul meant when we said that he wanted the Galatians to become like him just as he had become like them?
5. In Verses 13 & 14, Paul talks about some serious illness he had when he first came to preach to the Galatians that they had overlooked and supported him in spite of. Does the Bible say what this illness of Paul was? If yes, where do you find it?
6. In Verse 16, Paul asked the Galatians if he had become their enemy by telling them the truth. Can you tell us some of examples of how, by telling the truth, you or Christians today can become enemies of those who were converted but are backsliding?
7. In Verses 17 & 18, Paul makes an excellent point about being zealous. What does the word zealous mean? How can it be bad for today’s Church and also good?
8. In Galatians 4:19, Paul uses the image of childbirth to make his point to the Galatians. Since Paul could never experience childbirth, why do you think he used this analogy?
9. In Verses 21-31, Paul uses an allegory to make a complex point about a slave woman and a free woman. What is an allegory?
10. How does Paul use this allegory to explain what they Galatians were before he brought them to Christ and what they became after their conversion?
11. Who was Hagar, who was her son and who did they symbolize?
12. Who was Sarah? Who was her son and who did they symbolize?
13. QUESTION FOR ALL: Was Paul accurate in how he used this allegory to tell the story of Abraham, Hagar and Sarah? If yes, how was he accurate? If no, how was he wrong?