Summary: When Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia about his concerns he described the people as being "foolish." He also questioned whether they had been bewitched. It is not far-fetched to sometimes describe a person’s action or decision as being foolish.
When Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia about his concerns he described the people as being "foolish." He also questioned whether they had been bewitched. It is not far-fetched to sometimes describe a person’s action or decision as being foolish. It is a fact that people make decisions in life that can be regarded as lacking rationale. It is also not unusual at one time or another for a man or woman to make a judgment that is viewed as unwise, absurd or even ridiculous. Intelligent people also make foolish choices.
There is a difference between a person that is bewitched and a person exhibiting folly. If a person is under bewitchment, such a person is under a powerful influence or strong fascination as in the case of a spell or a charm. Sadly, a person under this influence has already been led astray by this charming misrepresentation.
Paul found it astonishing that the Galatians, even though before them Jesus Christ died and rose up from the dead, they still believed in Jewish traditions such as circumcision. They had turned their focus back to Jewish values instead of following Christ.
Paul also found it difficult to understand why these people were swaying in their new identity in Christ and therefore concluded that they were behaving foolishly because somebody or someone had bewitched them. Paul said:
“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you”?
The essence of this message is bewitchment. Is bewitchment real? Is it possible for someone to "bewitch" and "befool" us by sorcery or witchcraft?
In a town not too far from where I grew up, there was a local cobbler. He was good at his job which was mending shoes. This man was not only ugly, but very short and with a humpback. As a shoemaker, he was not making a lot of money. He was a poor man and nobody could really explain why this dwarf had a wife that was fair, tall and very pretty. A much closed source to this man eventually disclosed that this man’s wife was indeed one of his customers.
It was rumoured that this cobbler fell in love with his beautiful customer. Unfortunately for this man, the feeling was not mutual. The shoemaker, supposedly, then sought witchcraft as an aid. He obtained a charm which he put into her shoes that he was repairing for her. The rest is history. She was instantly bewitched and married her shoe maker.
Many people are under the influence of evil charms and incantations. They have been affected injuriously by witchcraft. The enemies have cast spells over many, thereby bringing evil upon them; it is a terrible thing for someone to be subjected to the power of witchcraft. A lot of people cannot explain their situations and some of their actions; however, they are under the domination and hypnotism of evil forces.
Unfortunately, those that are misled and enslaved through demonic influences hardly realise their predicament. There are also a lot of people who are hindered from progressing or advancing by the enemy. Regrettably, some of these individuals have accepted their fate as the will of God.