From Pastor Perry

08/16/2014 Galatians 4:21-31

Galatians 4:21–31 (ESV)
Example of Hagar and Sarah
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written,
        “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!
        For the children of the desolate one will be more
than those of the one who has a husband.”
28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.            

Today’s story has an interesting twist that is hard to pick up.  The twist is that Hagar’s son represents the children of Israel (children under the Law) and Abraham’s son, Isaac, represents the Gentiles.  Why is this a strange twist.  Well, the Children of Israel come from Abraham’s offspring, while Hagar’s son, Ishmael, would better represent the Gentiles.  Ishmael was the son of Sarah’s slave girl (servant), so not so out of the ordinary in the twist.  But Isaac... he will have a son named Jacob and Jacob, who is later renamed as Israel by God, will have the sons who make up the twelve tribes of Israel.  So it is a twist to see Isaac representing the Gentiles.  To cut through the fog... Isaac was born as a child of the promise where Ishmael was born as a child under the Law.  As Christians, we are set free from the Law, and we are saved by grace alone.  Thank the Lord, because we all fall short of the glory of the Lord and our help can only come from outside of ourselves.

I pray: O Lord, I know what I have done and I know what I deserve.  I give thanks through my faith and my baptism, in which you washed away my sins through baptism and restored me into your kingdom.  Help me to fee my faith through your Word and sacraments.  Amen.

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