If you call Christ your Lord you now are free
Of all the damning nature of your sin;
His sacrifice gives you such liberty
A new life in the Spirit does begin.
With freedom you will surely draw such hate,
The world will want you back within its grip;
Stand fast with Christ, don’t take the devil’s bait,
The price of freedom sometimes means the whip.
The yoke of bondage once held you in chains,
But now you’re free beneath His cleansing blood;
Whatever happens now, the growth, the pains,
Are not worth falling back into the mud.
Not only is the Savior now your friend,
He’s just a prayer away and will defend.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty
wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 KJV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsiYcAFO2z0 —— food for thought.
In my study of this verse, given to me by the Holy Spirit, I did understand that Paul was talking about the yoke of bondage being the Law of Moses, and I did understand that the interpretation of that is often wrong. However, given the scripture, constraints of space (14 lines) and contemporary audience, I consciously chose to avoid either trying to explain an adequate understanding of the long-held Jewish system of legalistic beliefs, ceremonies and rites, or penning a proper interpretation of the the later half of Galatians 5:1 and leaving many of my readers shaking their head. Instead, after prayer and meditation, I focused on the first two lines of the verse with (I admit) an alternate interpretation of the last two lines in order to compliment the first two. Sister Dorothy, you know this means I’m going to have to rewrite it and attempt to retain the intended meaning while keeping clarity in both substance and form. Thank you for calling me on this. 🙂