DIG for Sunday the 17th of January…..throw out the law, religion and legalism…..Galatians 4 v 30

I love typology; I love listening to messages about typology.

Typology is using certain stories and accounts in Scripture (mainly in the Old Testament) to tell us about spiritual principles.

A great example of this is seen at the end of Galatians 4, when we read that Abraham’s two sons are an allegory, or piece of typology (Galatians 4 v 22).

Ishmael was born of a slave woman and is a picture of law, religion and legalism.

Isaac was born of a free woman and is a picture of grace.

Ishmael was born out of a plan of mean, while Isaac was born out of a plan of God.

Ishmael was born of the flesh, while Isaac was born out of a promise from God.

Scripture is very clear; Ishmael is law and Isaac is grace.

Paul asks us s question in Galatians (I paraphrase), “What does the Old Testament scripture say should be down with Ishmael?”

If we look back into Genesis we see that God told Abraham to cast out, Ishmael (Genesis 21 v 10).

This is a picture for us today, telling us that we should cast out law, religion and legalism.

Paul is clear throughout the book of Galatians and uses a piece of typology here to tell us to throw all law, religion and legalism out of our lives.

We live under grace and should not be under law!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that because of Jesus and because of our faith we now live under grace and not law”.

Galatians 4 v 30…..Nevertheless what saith the scriptures? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman