(Galatians 5:1) Then stand firm in the freedom with which HaMashiyach made us free and do not be held again with a yoke of slavery.
The freedom we have is being saved completely by grace through faith in HaMashiyach Yeshua, just as Abraham was saved prior to circumcision by faith. Yet he later was circumcised, not for salvation though, but out of obedience, like immersion/mikveh/baptism!!! The yoke of slavery is the false teaching that we are justified by keeping Torah or doing various outwardly religious things to merit salvation. This is adding to the work of YHWH through Mashiyach Yeshua. It is adding to the Grace of Elohim. Now on the other hand we are to walk in Torah, as He did, but out of love and obedience to Him.
(Galatians 5:2) Behold, I, Shaul/Paul, say to you that if you are circumcised, HaMashiyach will profit you nothing.
That is if you are being circumcised to be saved!!! Not being circumcised for the right reason. Shaul/Paul still proclaimed circumcision: Galatians 5:11!
(Galatians 5:3) And I testify again to every man being circumcised, that he is a debtor to do all the Torah/Law,
In other words, if you are seeking to be justified by circumcision, then you must keep the entire Torah perfectly and to have never messed up, even once!!! Not a single person alive has ever been able to keep Torah perfectly, except One, Yeshua HaMashiyach!!! Now this does not mean we can knowingly break Torah!!! We do not have a license to sin, Elohim forbid!!! As we learn to walk in Torah as Yeshua did, we can only praise Him, as Torah is written on our heart by Ruach HaKodesh.
(Galatians 5:4) you whoever are justified by Torah/Law, you were severed from HaMashiyach; you fell from grace.
Again we see here where their error was; believing that one could be justified by Torah. Torah is simply the Standard of Righteousness, it tells us what is sin and what is not sin.
(Galatians 5:5) For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness out of faith.
(Galatians 5:6) For in HaMashiyach Yeshua, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but faith working through love.
Again, Shaul/Paul is not proclaiming or teaching against circumcision: Galatians 5:11!
(Galatians 5:7) You were running well; who held you back that you do not obey the truth?
What is the Truth!!! Here it is:
(Galatians 1:1) Shaul/Paul, an apostle, not from men nor through man, but through Yeshua HaMashiyach and Elohim the Father, the One raising Him from the dead,
(Galatians 1:2) and all the brothers with me, to the assemblies of Galatia.
(Galatians 1:3) Grace to you and peace from Elohim the Father and our Adonai/Master Yeshua HaMashiyach,
(Galatians 1:4) who gave Himself for our sins, so that He might deliver us out of the present evil age, according to the will of our Elohim and Father,
(Galatians 1:5) to whom be the glory to the ages of the ages. Amein.
Again it does not say that Torah was done away with, but that He gave Himself for our sins!!! This is true freedom. Mashiyach bore our sins, Torahlessness, and the curses of Torah!!! Yes that is right the curses of Torah, there are curses for breaking Torah!!!
Read: Debarim/Deuteronomy 11:26-28, 30:1-20
Hear are some other verses in Torah that talk about the curses:
(Debarim/Deuteronomy 28:15) “And it shall be, if you do not obey the voice of YHVH your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands and His laws which I command you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:
(Deuteronomy 28:16) “Cursed are you in the city, and cursed are you in the field.
(Deuteronomy 28:17) “Cursed is your basket and your kneading bowl.
(Deuteronomy 28:18) “Cursed is the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
(Deuteronomy 28:19) “Cursed are you when you come in, and cursed are you when you go out.
(Deuteronomy 28:20) “YHVH sends on you the curse, the confusion, and the rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the evil of your doings by which you have forsaken Me.
(Yehoshua/Joshua 8:30) And Yehoshua built an altar to YHVH Elohim of Yisrael in Mount Eybal,
(Joshua 8:31) as Mosheh the servant of YHVH had commanded the children of Yisrael, as it is written in the Book of the Torah of Mosheh, “an altar of unhewn stones over which no man has wielded iron.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to YHVH, and slaughtered peace offerings.
(Joshua 8:32) And there, in the presence of the children of Yisrael, he wrote on the stones a copy of the Torah of Mosheh, which he had written.
(Joshua 8:33) And all Yisrael – the sojourner as well as the native – with their elders and officers and judges, stood on either side of the ark before the priests, the Lewites, who bore the ark of the covenant of YHVH. Half of them were in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Eybal, as Mosheh the servant of YHVH had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Yisrael.
(Joshua 8:34) And afterward he read all the words of the Torah, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Torah.
(Joshua 8:35) There was not a word of all that Mosheh had commanded which Yehoshua did not read before all the assembly of Yisrael, with the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who accompanied them.
(Galatians 5:8) The persuasion is not from Him calling you.
(Galatians 5:9) A little leaven leavens all the lump.
(Galatians 5:10) I trust as to you in the Master/Adonai that you will think nothing else, but that the one troubling you shall bear the judgment, whoever he may be.
(Galatians 5:11) But I, brothers, if I proclaim circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the offense of the stake has passed away.
Shaul/Paul still proclaims circumcision, yet we see that he is still persecuted. In other words, Shaul/Paul still walks in Torah, but is being persecuted because he proclaims justification only through the stake of Yeshua HaMashiyach. Again, he is not saying not to walk in Torah, but that no one can be justified by keeping Torah or doing various outwardly religious things to merit salvation!!!
Shaul wrote a letter to the Galatians because they were gentiles, who came to faith in Mashiyach, and they were learning to walk in Torah, and eventually they started to believe that they were saved by keeping Torah!!! Shaul sets them straight in Chapter 3. He even asks them if the received the Ruach/Spirit by the works of Torah, or by the hearing of belief/faith.
(Galatians 3:1) O senseless Galatians! Who has put you under a spell, not to obey the truth – before whose eyes Yeshua HaMashiyach was clearly portrayed among you as impaled?
(Galatians 3:2) This only I wish to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of Torah, or by the hearing of belief?
(Galatians 3:3) Are you so senseless? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now end in the flesh?
(Galatians 3:4) Have you suffered so much in vain – if indeed in vain?
(Galatians 3:5) Is He, then, who is supplying the Spirit to you and working miracles among you, doing it by works of Torah, or by hearing of belief?
(Galatians 3:6) Even so Abraham “did believe Elohim, and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness.”
(Galatians 3:7) Know, then, that those who are of belief are sons of Abraham.
(Galatians 3:8) And the Scripture, having foreseen that Elohim would declare right the nations by belief, announced the Good News to Abraham beforehand, saying, “All the nations shall be blessed in you,”
(Galatians 3:9) so that those who are of belief are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
(Galatians 3:10) For as many as are of works of Torah are under the curse, for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the book of the Torah, to do them.”
(Galatians 3:11) And that no one is declared right by Torah before Elohim is clear, for “The righteous shall live by belief.”
(Galatians 3:12) And the Torah is not of belief, but “The man who does them shall live by them.”
(Galatians 3:13) Mashiyach redeemed us from the curse of the Torah, having become a curse for us – for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree.”(1) – Footnote: (1)Dt. 21:23.
(Debarim/Deuteronomy 21:22) “And when a man has committed a sin worthy of death, then he shall be put to death and you shall hang him on a tree.
(Deuteronomy 21:23) “Let his body not remain overnight on the tree, for you shall certainly bury him the same day – for he who is hanged is accursed of Elohim – so that you do not defile the land which YHVH your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance.
(Galatians 3:14) in order that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the nations in Mashiyach Yeshua, to receive the promise of the Spirit through belief.
(Galatians 3:15) Brothers, as a man I say it: a covenant, even though it is man’s, yet if it is confirmed, no one sets it aside, or adds to it.
Here is a story depicting what was happening in ACTS 15:1-41...
OK, Shaul was speaking against the FALSE teachers who taught one must be circumcised and keep Torah for Salvation!!! Shaul does mention, to those that think they can work their way in, that they are a debtor to do the whole Torah, which would imply keeping it perfectly. Sorry, but if you broke even the smallest command in Torah, you are already guilty. There was only One that kept Torah perfectly, and that was Yeshua!!! This does not mean that we have a license to sin, which is breaking Torah. Shaul never teaches against circumcision or Torah. One must read in context. Once a person leaves paganism, they were instructed to abstain from four things immediately, and then come into the assembly and learn of Moshe, Torah.
Imagine you just heard about the Good News of Mashiyach, this Grace and Mercy that you are hearing of sounds much better than any of the g-ds you have been serving. You have been drinking blood, having sex with multiple pagan shrine prostitutes, sacrificing to idols, and of course you are not circumcised. This Good News is amazing, and you see these Jews talking about Yeshua and the Kingdom of Elohim, etc... You continue to investigate about this Good News and this one called Yeshua. You come back next Shabbat to hear more. You hear more people talking about Him. Eventually you come to believe in Him, and bammm!!! You get saved!!! The Spirit of G-d is on you, and you experience His presence. You are saved by hearing the Good News, repenting and believing on Yeshua as Mashiyach. How is your Torah knowledge??? You say Torah, what is that, some kind of cake??? You are saved, but you are a babe and need milk, right? To give you meat, would not work because you have no foundation. Babies need milk first, and then the meat of Torah comes with growing up. Ok, you now want to come into the assembly, you know every Shabbat where Moseh/Torah is taught!!! There are some very zealous brothers who want to circumcise you immediately, and start shoving Torah down. These brothers do not mean harm; they are just very zealous for Torah, as we all should eventually be. Another group of FALSE teachers comes along and says you can not be saved unless you are circumcised, oops, looks like they are adding to the Work of Mashiyach, not a good idea!!! The physical act of circumcision NEVER EVER saved anyone!!! The same types of FALSE teachers say that the act or work of immersion saves you, NO, NO, NO!!! This does not mean that we do not get immersed, though!!! Well, all this confusion needs to be addressed because gentiles are getting saved!!! These TORAH observant men got together and came up with FOUR things that new converts must immediately STOP!!! Then it goes on to say that these new converts will learn about Moshe in the assembly. Your walk of righteousness has now begun, and you are on your way to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Mashiyach, and become more like Him!!! You start off with milk, and eventually start to get into the meat. You start learning about the Feast's of YHVH, NOT christmas, easter/ishtar, valentines, sun-day, etc... Wow, you who were once alienated from the covenants and walking completely against Torah, are starting to grow, and Torah is being written on your heart!!! By the way, you are born from above, your conversion was true. It's been a little while, and you are learning and learning, but you are still not circumcised!!! The rabbi/pastor is reading this portion of Bereshith/Genesis 17:
Bereshith/Genesis 17:1 And it came to be when Abram was ninety-nine years old, that YHVH appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai – walk before Me and be perfect(1). Footnote: (1)Messiah gives the same command in Mt. 5:48.
Gen 17:2 “And I give My covenant between Me and you, and shall greatly increase you.”
Gen 17:3 And Abram fell on his face, and Elohim spoke with him, saying,
Gen 17:4 “As for Me, look, My covenant is with you, and you shall become a father of many nations.
Gen 17:5 “And no longer is your name called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, because I shall make you a father of many nations.
Gen 17:6 “And I shall make you bear fruit exceedingly, and make nations of you, and sovereigns shall come from you.
Gen 17:7 “And I shall establish My covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations, for an EVERLASTING COVENANT, to be Elohim to you and your seed after you.
Gen 17:8 “And I shall give to you and your seed after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Kenaan, as an everlasting possession. And I shall be their Elohim.”
Gen 17:9 And Elohim said to Abraham, “As for you, guard My covenant, you and your seed after you throughout their generations.
Gen 17:10 “This is My covenant which you guard between Me and you, and your seed after you: Every male child among you is to be circumcised.
Gen 17:11 “And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall become a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
Gen 17:12 “And a son of eight days is circumcised by you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with silver from any foreigner who is not of your seed.
Gen 17:13 “He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your silver, has to be circumcised. So shall My covenant be in your flesh, for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Gen 17:14 “And an uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, his life shall be cut off from his people – he has broken My covenant.”
After hearing this portion of Torah being read, some wheels start turning upstairs, and the Ruach is nudging your heart. The word's "EVERLASTING COVENANT" starts to ring in your brain. HMMM, EVERLASTING COVENANT, HMMM, EVERLASTING COVENANT!!! At this point you can do one of two things, get circumcised, or not!!! If you decide to walk in Righteousness you will go and get circumcised. This is NOT being forced on you at ALL!!! You are being convinced by TORAH and the Spirit Writing Torah on your heart!!! You talk to the rabbi/pastor and say I believe that I need to be circumcised. The rabbi/pastor looks at you and starts to cry with tears of joy. He is crying because he sees that you are growing in Torah, and it is being written on your heart. When were you saved, it was not now, but way back when you heard the Good News of Yeshua HaMashiyach and repented. You are simply becoming sanctified, which is a life long process. You are learning to become a doer of the Word, not just a hearer.
You get circumcised, and now you can actually keep Pesach, which is an EVERLASTING Feast!!!
Shemoth/Exodus 12:11 ‘And this is how you eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Pesach/Passover of YHVH.
Exo 12:12 ‘And I shall pass through the land of Mitsrayim on that night, and shall smite all the first-born in the land of Mitsrayim, both man and beast. And on all the mighty ones of Mitsrayim I shall execute judgment. I am YHVH.
Exo 12:13 ‘And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I shall pass over you, and let the plague not come on you to destroy you when I smite the land of Mitsrayim.
Exo 12:14 ‘And this day shall become to you a remembrance. And you shall observe it as a festival to YHVH throughout your generations – observe it as a festival, an EVERLASTING law.
An uncircumcised male CAN NOT partake of Pesach!!! When I learned this by reading about it in Torah, I did not partake in Pesach with my family. We were new to Torah because our pastors did not teach us Torah. They taught us that Torah was done away with, and spoke things that actually were the opposite of what Yeshua actually taught and said. Was I saved, born from above, by faith in YHVH and His Mashiyach, YES!!! I was uncircumcised for 35 years. I came to Mashiyach when I was 18. My family and I came to the realization that the Feast’s were EVERLASTING, and that Yeshua and His talmid/taught ones walked in Torah!!! It was there ALL this time, but we were ignorant and being led astray by the blind!!! We were new to Torah, and the Feast of Pesach was coming up. It would have been our first, but I would not partake in it because I was NOT circumcised!!! I eventually circumcised myself and was ready for the next Pesach to come!!!
Exo 12:48 “And when a stranger sojourns with you and shall perform the Pesach/Passover to YHVH, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and perform it, and he shall be as a native of the land. BUT LET NO UNCIRCUMCISED EAT OF IT.
Exo 12:49 “There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
Exo 12:50 And all the children of Yisrael did as YHVH commanded Mosheh and Aharon, so they did.
Exo 12:51 And it came to be on that same day that YHVH brought the children of Yisrael out of the land of Mitsrayim according to their divisions.
Again, keeping Torah never saved anyone!!! The act of circumcision does not, and can not save you!!! Many people will find themselves barely getting in, and ALL their works will be burned up because they walked in the traditions of men, and not after YHVH, His Mashiyach, and the Written Torah!!!
Eliyah Ben Yisrael