Wednesday 15 February, 2017

Galatians 4:21-5:1

21 You who want to be under the authority of the law, tell me something. Don’t you know what the law says? 22 It is written that Abraham had two sons. The slave woman gave birth to one of them. The free woman gave birth to the other one. 23 Abraham’s son by the slave woman was born in the usual way. But his son by the free woman was born because of God’s promise. 24 These things are examples. The two women stand for two covenants. One covenant comes from Mount Sinai. It gives birth to children who are going to be slaves. It is Hagar. 25 Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia. She stands for the present city of Jerusalem. That’s because she and her children are slaves. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free. She is our mother. 27 It is written, “Be glad, woman, you who have never had children. Shout for joy and cry out loud, you who have never had labor pains. The woman who is all alone has more children than the woman who has a husband.” (Isaiah 54:1) 28 Brothers and sisters, you are children because of God’s promise just as Isaac was. 29 At that time, the son born in the usual way tried to hurt the other son. The other son was born by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman. Get rid of her son. The slave woman’s son will never have a share of the family’s property. He’ll never share it with the free woman’s son.” (Genesis 21:10) 31 Brothers and sisters, we are not the slave woman’s children. We are the free woman’s children. 5 Christ has set us free to enjoy our freedom. So remain strong in the faith. Don’t let the chains of slavery hold you again.

Since there are those in the Galatian church going back to observing parts of the Law, Paul paints the perfect picture of their choice.

Hagar                                      Sarah

slave                                       free

flesh                                        promise

present Jerusalem                Jerusalem above

old covenant                          new covenant

no inheritance                       inheritance

slavery                                    freedom

Nothing’s changed. Without Jesus in my life, these are also my choices. Circumcision may not be my “slavery” to the law but I can be in slavery to plenty of other things without Jesus in my life to set me free.

Lord I want to “stand firm” in my choice of Christ in my life – that is, grace and freedom. Please show me any area of my life where I’ve allowed anything to pull me back into bondage and slavery.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

2 replies
  1. Linda Quinn says:

    Great Suzie – thanks. I love how plainly Paul points things out. I read this passage in The Amplified Version too and this is my declaration prayer this morning –
    I am a child of the supernatural
    I am free
    I am completely liberated
    So I am standing fast and will not be ensnared again – I will not submit to the yoke of slavery which (being in Christ) I have taken off. I can only do this by the power of the Holy Spirit working in me.
    Fill me again today Holy Spirit, in Jesus name, Amen

  2. Kim says:

    Lord help me to remember today that I am living in freedom & have an inheritance that lasts forever. Thank you

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