Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 8
March 22, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<110> Thesis: The "Jewish" problem was a fundamental refusal to stop "promoting" themselves. Introduction: So far in our studies of Paul's very aggressive denunciation of his "kinsmen according to the flesh", we have seen that his fundamental charge against them has been the charge of "flagrant hypocrisy". We have seen that he deliberately makes this charge in the fiery, smokey, atmosphere of the Day of Wrath when Yahweh is going to vent His Holy Anger against those whose "secrets" consisted of deliberate hatefulness, but whose "external behavior" was an on-going attempt to conceal that hatefulness. In our last study, we noted that Paul leveled the most severe accusation of hypocrisy possible: You are the cause of the blasphemy against Yahweh that is going on among the nations. This evening we are going to begin to look into Paul's "explanation" of the predicament the Jews are in because of their "secrets", their "theology", and their "actual practices". According to 2:25, "circumcision" is of extraordinary value "if" a given foundation is in place, but if that foundation is not already in place, "circumcision" becomes its very opposite. There is nothing more dangerous than to "believe" something that is actually dead wrong.