Hugh Mackay, an Australian researcher collected some interesting information about Australian attitudes toward religious subject matter. In 1999, 74% of Australians indicated a belief in God of some sort (although no attempt was made to clarify their idea of God). But to the more … More
It is written that a barren woman, who has not given birth to children should break forth with a joyful shout, because of not feeling birth pangs, in comparison to the desolate woman who has many more children than she who has a husband (v. 27). This quotation from (Isaiah 54:1) says Israel before her Babylonian Captivity was likened to a woman with a husband. The barren woman was Israel in captivity. The woman bearing more children may have pictured Israel restored to the land after the Exile. It seems that Paul applied this passage to Sarah, who though previously barren was later blessed with a child. In applying the truth from this illustration he made three comparisons:
Paul concludes that he and all believers are not really children of the slave woman who was denied a share in the inheritance but children of the free woman who are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (v. 31).
Do you ever stop to think about how much of your time is spent doing what you want to do in life in comparison to seeking what the Lord wants you to do? When I think about this it makes me wonder where the values of my life have been? I really want to make them count for the Lord!
For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband." Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman." So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
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Galatians 1:1-5Paul Explaines His Authority
Galatians 1:6-10Paul Exposes His Adversaries
Galatians 1:11-17Paul’s Personal Testimony
Galatians 1:18-24Paul explains his conversion
Galatians 2:1-10Paul Goes to Jerusalem to Meet With Church Leaders
Galatians 2:11-14Paul Confronts Peter About Hyprocrisy.
Galatians 2:15-21Salvation is Not of The Law
Galatians 3:1-5Freedom From The Law
Galatians 3:6-14Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling
Galatians 3:15-18The Changeless Promise
Galatians 3:19-22The Law Was Temporary And Required a Mediator
Galatians 3:23-29The Law is Not Contrary to The Promise
Galatians 4:1-11Why Go Back Into Slavery?
Galatians 4:12-20Building up People in Their Faith
Galatians 4:21-26The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free)
Galatians 4:27-31A Comparison Between The Two Sons of Abraham
Galatians 5:1-6Christ Died to Set us Free From Laws And Regulations
Galatians 5:7-15Love Fulfills The Law
Galatians 5:16-21The Promise of Victory Over Sin
Galatians 5:22-26The Provison For Victory Over Sin
Galatians 6:1-5Bearing And Sharing The Burdens
Galatians 6:6-10Be Generous And do Good
Galatians 6:11-18Paul Glories in The Cross