Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
September 2, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<430> Thesis: The giving of the Law, resulting in human beings having a written form of "revelation" from God, marked a huge step forward in God's provisions for men. Introduction: In Paul's list of the reasons he was overloaded with grief because of the condition of his fellow Jews, the overall concept seems to be that though they had so much privilege, they did not allow it to actually bring them to the benefits of Life. The list of things that extended so much privilege to Israel began with "the adoption" and in our studies we have come this evening to "the giving of the Law". Since the point of Paul's list is extended privileges, it must be that he was not thinking in terms of the "down side" of the Law -- a problem so great that he took pains to try to make sure that his readers understood that they have to "stand clear" of "the Law" and not be taken back into the yoke of bondage that is so closely associated with it (Galatians 5:1). Thus, this evening we will focus, not on that "down side", but on the "privilege" side of what it means to have "the giving of the Law".