A tale in a ball of yarn. Some unraveling required. But the audience knew the story.
God spoke to Abraham to take his wife, Sarah, to a new land, and there, Sarah would give birth to a child despite her age. Not clear as to what God meant that from this son would come many descendants, Abraham and Sarah had another plan.
Abraham had a previous son by Hagar, a slave servant to Sarah. The child was to be named “Ishmael,” who, born of a slave, remained a slave under the law. Now the son born of Abraham and Sarah was to be named “Isaac,” born of a free woman he would remain free. From Isaac, the salvation story goes forward in a line of descendants leading to the birth of Jesus Christ born of a woman who said, “Yes.”
Paul argues the point that the law of Moses is now the law of God through Jesus Christ, and they cannot live by the old law and accept the new at the same time.
Below the text of Galatians, lies more than a hint but a recognition of the role of women as important links in our salvation story. What is dry, parched, and inanimate in our lives is no reason for despair. The stories of Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, and other women of the Old Testament are signs of life for nothing is impossible with God.
Our spiritual lives can lie fallow and unproductive at times, but if we are to be free of any reality that prevents growth, we must awaken ourselves to the possibilities. God will provide.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Lord, may my heart not be hardened so I may hear your voice and live in your presence.
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