1. Galatians 3:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Does Paul really think the Galatians have been bewitched?

Galatians 3:1 (ESV)

1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.

Witchcraft was popular amongst pagans with its promise to provide some form of control or knowledge in an otherwise unpredictable life.1 It was out of bounds for God’s people however (Deuteronomy 18:9–14), something we must stay away from. In this instance, the Galatians are said to have been bewitched. They didn’t get involved with magic, but they behave as if someone has clouded their minds. Unwittingly they have come under the influence of the false teachers2 and so they fail to see the difference that faith in Christ ought to make for their Christian living.3