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  • Writer's pictureKami Pentecost

I Never Saw It Before

Lets Read Galatians 4. Before you do please say a quick prayer asking for Revelation prior to your reading.

It's not the first time I've read this chapter, however it was the 1st time I remember the analogy given with the New and Old Covenant compared to the birth of Ishmael and Isaac. My jaw is still on the ground after reading it. Bare with me as I unpack my heart this morning.

Go ahead and read this story it's the section in verses 21-3: “Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother. As Isaiah said, “Rejoice, O childless woman, you who have never given birth! Break into a joyful shout, you who have never been in labor! For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband!” And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac. But you are now being persecuted by those who want you to keep the law, just as Ishmael, the child born by human effort, persecuted Isaac, the child born by the power of the Spirit. But what do the Scriptures say about that? “Get rid of the slave and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭21‬-‭31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sarah didn't wait for the promise of a son to be born. She took matters into her own hands and had her slave girl get pregnant in attempt to fulfill her want of a child on her own. The result simply brought pain and havoc to their lives. The more we try to make things happen our way and on our time frame the harder things seem to be. Human Attempt stood out to me today.

Just like our best efforts to follow The Law, the Old Covenant, proved nothing but our insufficiency, anything other than allowing The Promise, the New Covenant, Christ's plan to unfold in our lives will be problematic and will result in only what our human attempt can breed...less than God's best!

I feel like what Im seeing is all my attempts to run the show have left my life unmanageable. I am ready to surrender fully. Ha ha, I say that and Im not even sure I fully understand what Im saying, but I ready to learn. Are you with me?

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