I want us to look together at a passage of profound importance in Galatians 4. Here is that passage:

21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. Gal. 4:21-31.

Paul, sets out an amazing picture that shows us the difference between 2 women, 2 covenants, 2 sons.

First notice that Abraham is a type, a representation, of God. We can only take this so far but it is helpful to understand this point for the sake of the allegory. Don’t take this too far, it will break down. There is only One God, and Abraham is not Him. But Abraham does have two tychildren — those of the Word and the Promise and those born of the flesh apart from tpes of he Word and promise — and so does God. Also, the children of Abraham, though bound to different destinies, come from his seed, they are all his children yet all are not of the Promise.

First Paul sets up the proposition, the point he wants to make in verse 21. He asks, "Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?" Guess what Paul is asking the experts of the law? Don’t you hear what the law is saying? This is your territory of expertise and you do not understand this? Listen. Here again is the call to have ears that hear (e.g. listen). Putting words into your head without understanding them is pointless. Pray for understanding and wisdom. Listen!

So, you want to live by the law? That’s a tough row to hoe. It can not produce fruit unto salvation. For the first rock you hit (or should I say hits you) that you can not get around, you are through, undone,  your row will be crooked, imperfect, unacceptable. Don’t go there. No one can make his path straight by his own. There are too many real obstacles that you can not make that row straight. Has anyone ever gone through the field of life and kept their path perfectly straight? No, never. Why do you insist that you can. Listen to the law. It is woefully unforgiving. The first bump and your out.