Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them.
But now that you know the real God - or rather since God knows you - how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those paper tigers?
For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years.
I am afraid that all my hard work among you has gone up in a puff of smoke!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)