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Galatians 4:21-31


Now that is probably a strange question to you, one you may have never considered. Apostle Paul has taught us that Abraham is the spiritual father of all Believers:


Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

In verse seven of chapter 3, Elder Paul had written:


Galatians 3:7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.

But in our text for today, Big brother Paul, in effect, says, "Okay so Abraham is your father, but who is our spiritual mother?" Let's read this text to get the overall picture before we dissect it:


Galatians 4:21-31 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the Free Woman. 23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the Free Woman through the Promise. 24 This is allegorically speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. 25 Now, this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is Free; She is our mother. 27 For it is written, "REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND." 28 And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But as at that time, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "CAST OUT THE bondwoman and her son, FOR the son OF THE bondwoman SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN." 31 So then, brethren, we are Not children of a bondwoman, but of The FREE WOMAN.:


Galatians 4:21 (NASB) Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?

Beloved and chosen Apostle Paul is arguing with those who want to go back to Judaism and take Jesus with them. He is addressing people who want a hybrid religion that is part Jewish and part grace. They intend to believe in Jesus, plus they want to live under the law as a means of pleasing God and winning His favor. Everything in this passage is aimed at these confused believers who were sorely tempted to go back to the Law of Moses. His point is: Have you considered the implications of what you are about to do?


The Jews in Galatia had been toying with the law for far too long. The false teachers had been very persuasive. Their arguments had been convincing. They said, "We, the Jews, are the chosen people of God. We are of our father Abraham. The sign of the covenant people is the sign of circumcision. If you Gentiles really want to be part of the people of God then you must do something, submit yourself to circumcision and keep the law, be good!" The Jews in Galatia wanted to do what's right, they wanted to be right with God, so they were moving toward the Law.


Teacher Paul challenged his readers, who claimed to value the Law so highly, to consider what it taught. He chose his lesson from Genesis, a book in the "Law" section of the Old Testament. Thus he used the term "law" to refer to two different things in this verse: the Mosaic Law and the Old Testament.


Do you not hear the law? Apostle Paul senses that he hasn't made his point yet, so he will now approach the matter with another illustration from the Old Testament. Essentially, As an Apostle also, "Let's have a Bible study. Open your Bibles to Genesis chapter 16."


Galatians 4:22-23 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. 23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the freewoman through the promise.

Abraham had two sons -Ishmael and Isaac. Paul doesn't mention that Abraham had eight sons, six of them from a woman named Keturah that he married after Sarah died. (Genesis 25:1-2) The birth of the two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, provided Apostle Paul with the sermon material that he needed to teach the biblical lesson that was needed by the folks in Galatia.


The history behind this story is found in the book of Genesis. It basically goes like this. Abraham was a prosperous pagan businessman in Ur of the Chaldees when God appeared to him and told him to take his wife Sarah, leave that land, and go to a land that God would later show him. God also promised to give him descendants who would become a great nation:


Genesis 12:2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;

That was all well and good except that Abraham was 75, Sarah was 65, and they had no children. In the course of time, they arrived in Canaan, the land God promised them. In Canaan, God repeated that promise, saying:


Genesis 13:16 "And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. So, God's Covenants and Promises and Laws was not for All people nor the giving and serving under the law.


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