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Two Covenants meaning Hagar and Sarah

Galatians 4:21 begins a teaching about the two sons of Abraham. The story in the OT of the two sons named Ishmael and Isaac tells of how Ishmael and his mother Hagar were sent away by Abraham. In Galatians the apostle Paul says that we can look figuratively at the mothers of Abraham’s sons as representing two covenants, one of the natural, and one of the promise through the power of the Spirit. Paul clearly teaches that the present Jerusalem is of Hagar. She will not share in the inheritance of God. Paul declares that there is a Jerusalem that is above and that she is the mother of those who are in Christ.
Today we have many teachers and preachers who make errors in dividing the word of truth. They teach one part of the Bible as full and complete truth, but when other parts of the Bible are read their teaching is contradicted by other Scriptures. This means there is error in what they are teaching.
The present church system that we know of in North America does not have checks and balances. There is alot of control implemented in the majority of churches. We can be certain that this type of control of people and of what we are being taught is not of God. We seem to have a mishmash of teachings related to both Hagar and Sarah. On the one hand we have freedom in Christ, on the other hand we are subjects and children to these church systems. The Hagars of our day.

Hebrew Roots

God set up a covenant with the people he delivered from Egypt by Moses.  This nation was Israel, the physical genetic descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  A tabernacle was built by Moses in accordance with the pattern of the tabernacle that is in heaven.  The true tabernacle.  A priesthood was appointed, being the tribe of Levi. The descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses, were to be the high priests of this tabernacle.  Hebrews chapter 7 explains about the Aaronic priesthood and how it was unsatisfactory in making the people perfect.   Another priesthood was then given by God to his people which did not descend from the lineage of Aaron but after the order of Melchizedek.  The Melchizedek priesthood has no beginning of days and no end of days.  This priesthood is eternal because of a life that does not end or die.  This is the priesthood of Jesus.  He is a high priest forever.

It is my understanding that some Hebrew Roots teaching of today says that we need to observe the appointed feasts of the tabernacle that Moses set up.  These feasts are not necessarily the ones God established as recorded in the Bible, but are somehow related to Jewish tradition.  The early church had something like this occurring in their midst.  Jewish teachers previously practicing Judaism who were converted to Christ, were teaching that the church needed to observe the law of Moses and also to be circumcised.

Paul’s admonition in Galatians is that if the church did this they would be leaving the grace of God and putting themselves under the Law again.  In which case they would be condemned by the law and would perish.  They would have begun their walk with God in the Spirit and ended it in the flesh.  God does not say in the Bible that he is going to add the Gentiles to the Jews.  He states that he making a new man of the two that is neither Jew nor Greek.