Galatians 4:20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
At this pivotal point in the Jewish Christians life, being tossed to a fro, by evil men with no desire but to keep them in darkness. Paul has corresponded and prayed, and now he sees the battle is at edge, and His wish is to be there to show support and help their understanding. And in such a way as he could not in a single epistle; or that they would consider him, when they read this epistle, as if he was really among them; and as if they saw the concern of his mind, the agonies of his soul, the looks of his countenance, and heard the different tone of his voice. As we have seen in the epistle Paul has taken a hard stand on the Gospel, yet with soft words and a mild manner pretty much. But Paul is back into a corner and like a dog robbed of her pups is ready to change his tune. Before he preached the Gospel of the grace of God unto them, and his voice was charming to them like that of an angel, and even of Jesus Christ himself; but they having turned their backs upon it, and slighted it, he would now thunder out the law to them they seemed to be so fond of; even that voice of words, which when, the Israelite’s on Mount Sinai heard, entreated they might hear no more; as these Galatians also must when they heard the true voice of it, which is no other than a declaration of wrath, curse, and damnation. When as parents we tell our children to do something, and if they don’t respond, we repeat , if there is still no response we raise our voice. Paul as their spiritual parent has dealt sternly yet softly with them and they are not responding. He is about to raise His voice.