Paul compares two understandings of God’s covenant being practiced in the Galatian church with Hagar and Sarah and the children they bore to Abraham. There are not two systems of salvation: the law and grace. Paul contrasts Hagar, a slave, with Sarah, a free woman. Paul saw the present Jerusalem as the center of a religion of bondage where God was shut up in the Temple.
There is a great deal in this passage. Much of it needs an in-depth exegetical study, exploring the Genesis scriptures. Considering the contrasts that Paul makes between freedom and slavery, as you go about your day, consider what sets you free and what enslaves you.
As you seek to follow Jesus today, focus on the freedom you have in Christ. Are there things in your every day, ordinary life that still seeks to enslave you? (Social media, food, money, time, etc.)
Free me, O God, free me! I want to be who you created me to be. Call me forth in grace to experience your fullness and your mercy. Amen.
As you consider your day, what received more attention: the freedom you find in Christ or the things of this world that enslave you?
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If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.