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But they were flirting with the idea of being circumcised so they could be saved! "But now that you know God -- or rather are known by God -- how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? " (4:8-9) The Galatians Paul is writing to were formerly pagans, slaves to appeasing whatever god they might have believed they had offended.
"I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you.
You have done me no wrong." () Paul closely identifies with the Galatians as a father with his children (), just as he did with the errant Corinthian church when he "opened wide his heart" (2 Corinthians ).
He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord." (Romans 14:5-6a) This might be permissible in the case of people who had converted from Judaism to Christianity; observance of special days had been part of their culture. These can be helpful to our spiritual lives, when observed thoughtfully.
But for the Galatians to adopt the Jewish calendar under the influence of the Judaizers was a legalism which must be opposed! Paul himself observed Pentecost, a Jewish holy day (1 Corinthians 16:8; Acts ).
He isn't bearing some kind of personal grudge toward them.