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Verses 21 - 31 really got me thinking tonight. I'm sure I've read it but again taking one chapter at a time has really helped more of God's Word sink in. Enough rambling...
I don't think the idea of Hagar and Sarah illustrating God's covenants before. Hagar represented the law given at Sinai and Sarah the heavenly Jerusalem. The more I thought about it the more it makes sense. Hagar was Abraham's attempt to fulfill God's promise for a son. The law was all about the rules, doing the right things and avoiding the wrong things.
Sarah gave birth to Isaac in her old age, only God can do that. Our salvation came through another thing that only God can do, Jesus coming, living, dying, and rising again! Another reminder, we can't slip into "good deeds only" Christianity. Promise!! We are children of Promise!!!
God is Good!