Daily Devotions


Day 37

"O foolish Galatians!"

Text: Galatians 3:1a


The apostle Paul greatly lamented the foolishness he saw in the Galatians. He wrote very candidly to them concerning how he felt.

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you
that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes
Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Galatians 3:1

1. The Gospel that Paul preached

a) It was centred in Christ Jesus the Lord.
b) The message of the Cross was clearly presented.
i) Christ died on the cross.
ii) He was cruelly crucified.
iii) His death had the greatest significance and implications.

2. The point about “obedience”

a) Faith in Christ is the starting point.
b) Following Jesus as a disciple should be the next logical step.
c) The Lordship of Christ should be established.
i) The believer-disciple acknowledges Christ as his Master and Lord.
ii) Obedience is the appropriate response of the believer.

3. “O foolish Galatians”

a) How could they not have understood these obvious facts?
b) These had been clearly taught.
c) The apostles had also shown them by example how they should live for the Lord in obedience.

4. “Who has bewitched you?”

a) This is a figure of speech.
b) Spells of witches are not in mind here in this text!
c) Paul strongly laments that the Galatians were in danger of departing from their faith in Christ.
d) The people who had influenced them had “bewitched them” and they were willing to consider being in bondage to the law.
e) Paul was determined to battle whoever had attempted to bewitch the Galatians from obeying the truth of the Gospel of Christ.