Continuing on in our study of Galatians 4:21-31 we have seen that Mt. Sinai (the Law, the bondwoman) is a threatening and awesome thing to deal with. It is meant to bring the fear of God at our own inability to mount its heights. In addition to its shear physical requirements we are threatened in our heart by the fears of the awful weather – the lightning, dark clouds, tempestuous winds and howlings coming from above. We are emotionally fearful of all that is unknown about God and yet he calls us and tells us that He wants to be with us, that He loves us, that we are His children and that He wants to make us Sons. He tells us of a Jerusalem above …

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.

Notice that Hagar is mount Sinai and answers to Jerusalem. Hagar is a bondwoman who is there to serve and be a maid to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a derivative of Salem, a Hebrew word meaning Peace. Jeru means double, or twice. So we have Double Peace. God has brought His Peace to earth when He made peace by the blood between us and Him and He will bring Peace again when the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven and restores the Kingdom in Peace and Righteousness and our King of kings reigns in peace for ever and ever.

This Jerusalem is above, it is over and superior to Mt. Sinai, the Law. It is not bound, it is free. She is not under the Law but held within Grace. She does not nullify the Law but merely lives above it being within herself a greater Law, that is Love. She is the woman who has a husband and is loved and we know that that love covers a multitude of sins. Love fulfills all the Law yet she is not concerned with right and wrong, only loving her husband. In this she is justified, that she loves and trusts Him, He will keep her and deliver her. That is enough.

Further notice that this Jerusalem is the mother of all who are in Christ. Yet Paul reminds us that she is barren, without sons. The whole earth waits in anxious anticipation for the manifestation, the presentation of the sons of God. For a little while she is barren and the desolate has "many more children than she which hath an husband". Paul is stating a fact we can attest to. The world, the bondwoman, has many more children than the freewoman who has a husband. Break forth and cry for a while. But, but …

Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

We will pick up here next.

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