I heard, “Let the barren rejoice!”
Yes, Gleanings from The Book of Galatians.
Yesterday we saw the typification made by the apostle Paul of the two covenants, expressing allegorically, that Abraham had two sons, one by a bond-maid and the other by the free, one by promise and the other by the flesh.
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise,” Galatians 4:22-23.
Now, the apostle goes on to explain that these things are an allegory of the two covenants. The Covenant of Free Grace and The Covenant of The Law.
“Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children,” Galatians 4:24-25.
Observe carefully what The Spirit says about The Covenant of The Law given on mount Sinai, “the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar”
The word used above for gendereth is from the Greek word gennao which means to procreate, to regenerate (Strong’s Concordance G1080).
Hence, The Law gives birth to bondage. The law regenerates bondage, It regenerates sin in the lives of those observing it. It takes you back into bondage, not just the bondage of condemnation, but even into the bondage of sin.
“For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died,” Romans 7:9.
So the apostle says the law gives birth to bondage, just like we saw in the life of Hagar and Ismael. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, but Ishmael and Hagar were still slaves.
She could not earn the promise even by giving birth to Ishmael, who was born after the flesh, which is a symbol of the works of the flesh, having no justification or acceptance before the tribunal of God.
And so we hear the apostle say of Hagar and Ishmael;
“For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children,” Galatians 4:25.
The Word of God is so clear on this, if you desire to see the effects of The Law, visit Jerusalem as it is already in bondage.
As at the time Paul wrote this, the Jewish Nation were in civil, legal and moral bondage. Many of the Jews today are still waiting for the Messiah to come, who has already appeared.
God manifested in the flesh, died and is now glorified. Many are still in bondage to The Law and its practices today.
When people go there and see that many are still waiting for the Messiah, they one way or the other, feel pity upon them for their lack of faith and knowledge. Yet the apostle says, that is the essence of the nature of The Covenant of The Law, and anyone under it, is in bondage, just like the present Jerusalem.
But there is something special about The Covenant of Promise, The Covenant of Grace,
“But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all,” Galatians 4:26.
We are not born from Mount Sinai, we are not born from the natural Jewish nation, we are not of the natural Jerusalem — which is in bondage today with her children.
We are not of the earthly, but we are born from above, from the heavenly Jerusalem, which is free and having the the living God dwelling in it. The spiritual Jerusalem, which is the mother of us all.
Oh, hear the Spirit speak,
“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,” Galatians 4:27.
The LORD says “Rejoice, let the barren rejoice — let the desolate break forth and cry. For Zion is travailing and giving birth. Even to a nation in a day is she giving birth, for now is the time of your redemption.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.