My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Galatians 4

Child slavery

Look, we've always been God's heirs, but when an heir is young, they might as well be a slave. They have no inheritance yet. Same with us, when we were young we were slaves under the law, but now is the time for us to become heirs. We call God Dad.

Now you know God! Why would you go back to slavery? You used to accept me with open arms. It's just confusing! They just want you to be passionate about them! Passion is fine provided that's it's appropriately directed. I just want to visit to figure you out.

Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Ishmael was born of Hagar the slave, who is like the old way of earth. Isaac was born on Sarah, the wife, who is like the new way of heaven, born of the Spirit. Ishmael may persecute Isaac, but Ishmael has no inheritance. Don't go back to slavery.

Key verse:
7. So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

My thoughts:
This is one of the coolest ways I've seen to explain the relationship between the Old Testament and the New. God's people have always been sons, but when a son is young, he has no freedom. Now we have reached maturity we are given freedom. It's not inconsistency, it's development! Paul's point is consistent throughout Galatians. Don't feel you need to follow the law if you are a Christian.


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