For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
-Galatians 5:1 (ESV)
As humans, one of the things we champion above all else is freedom. Many nations have holidays, songs and even parades dedicated to freedom. If asked, most people would say they value freedom, but few people actually live free. Why is this? In the book of Exodus, God frees His people from slavery so they could freely worship Him. This freedom comes in two parts. First, they must be set free. Second, they must live free.
Throughout history, the sad truth is God’s people often act like they did in the book of Exodus and shows itself in four ways. First, we start by grumbling and complaining about our life/circumstances. Second, we glamorize our past circumstances (even bondage) as something we long for. Third, we lose sight of our identity as God’s adopted children free to live in God’s will. Fourth, we choose someone or something to replace God as the primary object of our affection.
We have to set our minds on the good news that Jesus came to give us a greater exodus. Instead of defeating Pharaoh, Jesus defeated Satan. Instead of freeing people from physical slavery that will last a lifetime, Jesus freed us from spiritual slavery that lasts for an eternity.
Once we’ve been set free, we are to live free by living in relationship with Christ by the Spirit. The enemy we must hold the line against, is religion based on human works which lead to legalism. Galatians 5:1 refers to a “yoke” that is a heavy burden of things people must do to become and remain right with God. The crushing weight of legalism tires the soul until it drags you down with guilt, shame, strife, burdens and an ever-growing list of things to do. Remember brothers, God’s favor upon us is because of what Christ did on the cross, therefore we are free, so live like free men.
Is there any legalism hindering you from living in the freedom Christ has for you?
Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities in their homes. Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will spur men to protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics.
This is a book for any husband or father looking to lead well.
Bible Study Tip
We love books. They’re great tools to help us understand God’s word and how it should be applied to our lives. But above every other book, we recommend studying the Bible first! We hope to encourage you in your studies by offering helpful tips.
Understand the Context
Before studying a book of the Bible, answer the five “archaeological questions” of the book in question:
- Who wrote it?
- When was it written?
- Where was it written?
- To whom was it written?
- Why was it written?
Read through the whole book in one sitting to see if you can answer these questions from the text itself. Use a good study Bible as an aid. (If you don’t already have one, click here to see how you can find a good study Bible.)