“And I make known to you, brethren, the gospel that was proclaimed by me, that it is not according to man…” Galatians 1:11.
God foreknew that men would be ignorant, unwilling, disobedient, enslaved, and foolish, even under the Gospel. The Gospel may be preached, and indeed it has been. But which one did you receive? A gospel according to man? A gospel according to consensus? A gospel according to a movement? A gospel according to popularity? Or the gospel according to God?
Paul had the book. And he was “abundantly zealous” for the traditions and the law. But he could not see it. God’s gospel hidden away in the Law, the secret of secrets. God speaks to us by his son in these last days (Heb. 1:2). But we still can’t hear it! James cried, “adulteresses! do you not know??” Paul cried, “brothers! do you not know!?”
do you not know?
God hid his greatest secrets in the Scripture so perfectly that no one could ever thwart his purposes. Not even pretentious translators or the “wise” men of this world. Paul’s words take the believing man or woman beyond the man-made and into the God-made. In fact all the words of Scripture do.
There is an entire language and vernacular of God that is nested within the Hebrew Bible. The language is based on objective reality and is without a doubt the most logical language that has ever existed. This holy writ was known by Jesus and the Apostles. It forms the basis of the “prophetic word” (2 Pet. 1:19). Objective reality is natural reality. Nature teaches, says Paul. Everything in creation speaks and therefore prophesies. Getting us to read about the fact that camels had hooves that looked like a divided hoof but wasn’t was never God’s objective. His objective was to get us to ask why does the camel have hooves that look like a divided hoof but isn’t?
“Who has time to study animals anyway? And what’s the point? We have the gospel, so we don’t need any of that anymore…”
Foolish! If you knew how much of the gospel was revealed in the design of the camel and its hoof you would see how weak and fabricated your gospel is! This is precisely where God’s gospel is to be found. The irony is that the Law is everyone’s least favorite part of the Bible. It still somehow enslaves them.
After the Apostles, Christians who read the Bible in the original language dissipated quickly. By the time of the early Church fathers in the second century people were already confused about what what the Apostles meant on a plethora of verses. Origen went looking all over the place for the “Bethany beyond the Jordan” (John 1:28) in the early 3rd century and couldn’t find it anywhere. Had he known about the prophetic language of “beyond the Jordan” as defined by the Law he might have not wasted his time. For when Moses wanted to see the promised land beyond the Jordan, God told him to go up on a cliff and lift his eyes up to the west, east, north, and south (Deut 3:27). Moses, Moses, it is not this Jordan you will be crossing over….but that Jordan.
Despite the journey of Bible translation, the scriptures have always remained intact. Only the elite in the body of Christ had access to the gold mine of Hebrew for nearly 1500 years. Who was there throughout those ages who could study Hebrew if they really wanted to? The first lexicons and concordances were not published until the 16th century—the time of the reformation and just before the new world of America. Here in our generation, in less than twenty years, the full content of all public domain study guides, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, translations, and concordances are now available to anyone with internet access. You can search all of them at once in an instant. The Hebrew Bible is more accessible than it ever was—to over 4 billion people. God expressly saved the unleashing of his secret of secrets for this generation.
In Galatians 4:25 Paul unveils to our blind eyes—the question being, are you willing to have them opened?—one of the richest revelations that any God fearing person could dare enter.
for this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and doth correspond to the Jerusalem that now is for she is in bondage with her children. Galatians 4:25 YLT
Every one of these names is a riddle. Hagar, Mt. Sinai, Arabia, Jerusalem that now is. Paul’s mind and thoughts are in a mega mystery revealed in the Hebrew Bible. For now, lets look at Arabia.
In the Hebrew Bible, Arabia comes from a root word meaning “mixed”. This Hebrew root is used for a variety of words. There is only a slight change in pronunciation between each of them.
|Strong’s #6150 verb||עָרַב arav||“become evening, grow dark”|
|#6148 verb||עָרַב arav||“to exchange, give in pledge, braid, mix”|
|#6154 noun||עֵרֶב arev||“mixed people”||Exodus 12:38|
|#6152 noun||עֲרָב arav||“Arabia”||Jeremiah 25:24|
|#6153 noun||עֶרֶב erev||“evening, sunset”||Psalm 90:6|
|#4628 noun||מַעֲרָב maarav||“west”||Isaiah 45:6, Psalm 107:3|
The clear pattern or theme of “mixing” can be seen in each of them especially as it pertains to light and darkness. The evening or sunset is the time of day when light and darkness are “mixed”. “Arabia” therefore speaks of a people that are mixed between light and darkness. They are people not separate from the world but entangled in pledges with it. Adulteresses. Children in bondage. Where this word really peaks our interest is in its designation as a time of day, when the sun sets. The evening comes before the Night. The work of God happens during the day. At night it is brought to a halt. The Night is the time of the Day of the Lord. It sounds like an oxymoron, but, God accounts for that:
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it? Amos 5:20 NASB
Arabia therefore tells us something significant about what the Evening is like just before the “day of the Lord” when the lights go out. The people of God are increasingly mixing with the kingdom of man. This carries into the meaning of the phases of the moon, and the new moon, and also builds on our previous discussion on the divided Kingdom. It is in Ezekiel 8:2 where we get a detailed picture of the Body of Christ divided between the upper body and the lower body. And what is it that has consumed
…on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. As the appearance of the rainbow in the cloud [singular noun] on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Ezekiel 1:26-28
From his legs to his feet, the rainbow surrounds it. Recall now, that the heels of Christ are that which are prophesied to be struck by the serpent in Gen 3:15. The serpent gets a hold of the lower body of Christ, but not the upper.
This later changes to a different division…