21 Tell me—those of you who want to be under the Law—don’t you listen to the Law? 22 It’s written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and one by the free woman. 23 The son by the slave woman was conceived the normal way, but the son by the free woman was conceived through a promise. 24 These things are an allegory: the women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to slave children; this is Hagar. 25 Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and she corresponds to the present-day Jerusalem, because the city is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 It’s written: Rejoice, barren woman, you who have not given birth. Break out with a shout, you who have not suffered labor pains; because the woman who has been deserted will have many more children than the woman who has a husband. 28 Brothers and sisters, you are children of the promise like Isaac. 29 But just as it was then, so it is now also: the one who was conceived the normal way harassed the one who was conceived by the Spirit. 30 But what does the scripture say? Throw out the slave woman and her son, because the slave woman’s son won’t share the inheritance with the free woman’s son. 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we aren’t the slave woman’s children, but we are the free woman’s children. 1 Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again. (Galatians 4:21-5:1, CEB)
This is an interesting passage. One child was born the natural way and one was because of promise. In today’s time, this is a slippery slope. One is born of promise and one is not. One is slave and one is free. We need to understand what this means and not go the wrong direction, but what does it mean?
It says that those born of Hagar are not a part of the promise to Abraham, and that is how the Hebrew Scriptures have been read by Jews and Christians for as long as I know. But Muslims say that Hagar’s children are part of the promise. Who is slave and who is free?
We are all slaves to sin and slaves to anything that makes us do things we do not want to do. We are freed in Christ. Christ has freed us. Christ has set us free, and that is the promise that gave Abraham children, So anyone who is freed by Christ is free and a part of the promise.
So are you slave or free?