Galatians 4:21-27 King James Version (KJV) 21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 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. Galatians 4:21-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Sarah and Hagar: Two Covenants 21 Tell me, those of you who want to be under the law, don’t you hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and the other by a free woman. 23 But the one by the slave was born according to the impulse of the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born as the result of a promise. 24 These things are illustrations for the women represent the two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children into slavery—this is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written: Rejoice, childless woman, who does not give birth. Burst into song and shout, you who are not in labor, for the children of the desolate are many, more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved. These are my thoughts please share yours. 21 To live under the law is an impossible task. Even those that of old that follow God fell short of the law. Moses was a murder. Abraham and Issac both were liars. David commited adultry and murder. Aaron the first high priest mad an idol. Though all these men were able to serve God after this things they did. There are many instances that show God's grace in the Old testament. 22 This refers to Hagar's son Ishmael and Sarah's Isaac. Hagar was the servant of Sarah who was given to Abraham so he would have a child even though Sarah was unable to give him one. Sarah did have a child of her own by the Lord's power at a very old age. 23 It was not God's plan for Abraham to lay with Hagar. God's plan was to show his power by giving them a child thru Sarah at her age being near 100. The easy plan was to take things in his own hands to make God's promise happen and this was done with Hagar. God showed His power by giving Sarah a child. 24-25 The law was given by God thru Moses on Mt. Sinai. To be under the law is to be slaves to the law. 26 We are free like Sarah was free and chose to serve Abraham while Hagar had to serve Abraham. We are not bound to follow the law but, can and if we fall we have the Lord's blessing for our efforts and have grace. 27 It is better to have no children then to have a child who does not follow the Lord. This may seem hard but, to is better for everyone to avoid hell. Being childless gives no judgment on the child but, without Christ a born child will be judged.