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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading
Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain."
Galatians 4:9-11 is commonly interpreted to mean that since the Feasts of Yahweh are observed days and times, they must be the days and times Paul is referencing as "weak" and "beggarly". If so, the keeping of them puts Christians "in bondage" and caused the apostle to feel that his work for such souls was wasted time ("labour in vain"). Strong words! It is a powerful warning!
As Christians, we certainly do not want to return to any "weak" and "beggarly elements" or former "bondage"! So, we want no part of keeping whatever days are being observed that produce such spiritual weakness! But the meaning of Paul's words here is escaping many, because they do not read Galatians 4:9-11 in context. To read these verses in context, we must consider the meaning of the verses surrounding them in Galatians 4. To discover whether or not Galatians 4:9-11 is warning us against keeping Yahweh's Feasts, or some other days, we must take notice of verse 8. In verse 8, just one verse prior, we find the key to identifying the days and times which are "beggarly elements":
Galatians 4:8 "Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods."