I have been reading in Galatians this week and I thought these few verses were cool!
It’s weird, because I’ve read Galatians many many times but never before had I really noticed these verses before. I just thought it was neat how Paul uses the example of Sarah and Hagar to model the Old law and the New law. So many people were wanting to be justified by the old law when the new law came into effect after Jesus was crucified, and this seems like it would have been a great way to convey to the people the roles and characteristics of the two laws. I love thinking about how we are free under the new law, that we don’t have to be slaves to our pasts sins. Under the old testament, we know that the people’s sins just rolled over to the next year and that animal sacrifices never truly washed people clean. But under the new testament it is different. Jesus was our perfect sacrifice. Have you ever just thought for a minute what that really means? To be perfect? To be so perfect that your death can free people from their sins and mistakes? I can’t imagine what that must have felt like. And have you thought about how we are clean when we ask for forgiveness? It’s an interesting feeling and thought, to think about Jesus taking that sin away and making us new. We should thank God daily that He sent Jesus for us, to free us from the bondage of sin and to be children of the promise. We are children of the free woman. :0) What a nice thought.