It never ceases to amaze me. Paul, a touted "Pharisee of Pharisees," and he butchered the Jewish Scriptures and takes them so much out of context and gets them so backwards that I wonder if he could be Jewish at all. Well I have found my answer to that on both fronts:
Paul, or his Pauline disciple who wrote this chapter of Galatians later, played a game of semantics in his perversion of the use of the word 'seed.' He contended that when God spoke to Abraham about his seed, He did not mean the Patriarch's descendants, but only Yeshua.
You will quickly come to see that Paul lied!
Answer for yourself: Does Abrahams seed refer to Yeshua alone?
In Gal. 3:16 Paul said:
Gal 3:16 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed (singular), which is Christ. (KJV)
For Paul the use of seed could only refer to Yeshua. Paul's proof texts are Gen. 13:15 and 25:7. Let's look at what they say in their original context:
For all the land which you see, to you and to your seed I will give it forever. ...unto your seed will I give this land. .
The word in Hebrew for seed is zera. It has the same meaning and implication in the singular as in English-- progeny or posterity (carries with it the implication of plurality). Interestingly, in the plural in both English and Hebrew, the word 'seeds' refers to planting. The meaning is clear from the standpoint of the context and the definition of the word. By 'seed' was meant a multitude of people who would be Abraham's descendants and should not refer to Yeshua alone, although he is included in such a designation!
But to read the passage of Paul and make it exclusive of Yeshua again does injustice to the text which must be based upon the accurate meaning of the word from the Hebrew.
We must never forget that regardless of what our accepted theologies about Yeshua we have accepted through preaching, unless these same theologies can be substantiated by in-depth study of the Scriptures, then when proven in error, they must in the spirit of repentance and truth be rejected for the truth!
Although rabbinic exegesis often states that seed applied to Isaac, it was apparent that through him the lineage from Abraham would flow to many progeny who would occupy the land with which God endowed Abraham. This was spelled out in Gen. 22:17, I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand at the seashore." So much for Paul's argument about the identity of Abraham's seed as referring to Yeshua alone. Such a statement by Paul or a Pauline disciple is a blatant lie and an abomination before God.
Deut 4:2 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: Is is proper to change the Word of God just because you have a theological agenda?
Answer for yourself: Has other verses been taken out of context, purposefully misquoted and mistranslated from the Jewish Scriptures for theological agendas in the New Testament?
Answer for yourself: Are there numerous examples where a Christian agenda has corrupted the true meaning of the Jewish Scriptures in the New Testament? Do you want to know the truth before you die?
Bet Emet Ministries exists to teach you the truth about the corruption of the faith of Jesus by the Gentile Church in their efforts in creating a replacement religion. Our various websites (like this Pauline Problem website...http://paulproblem.faithweb.com) detail the problems involved in returing to the true faith of Jesus in hopes that true lovers of God will want to know the truth and repent of false beliefs that lead to false worship and conduct. Such is true love for God. Shalom.