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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.


Jeremiah weeped

Jeremiah did a lot of weeping over the people of Israel. He wanted to spare them judgment from God. Babylon was the entity God used for his purposes. The Israelite’s were trusting in their religion to save them. Surely God would not let his temple be removed or eliminated would he? This is exactly what God did for seventy years. Solomon’s temple was razed to the ground never to be seen again. This temple was the pride of the Jewish people. “This is where God lives!” they proclaimed. Unknown to them God had departed. He was removed by the Jewish leaders and replaced with man’s wisdom and thinking. The Jewish leaders were very confident that they and the people would never be judged, Jerusalem would never be destroyed, because God was no where else in the world. They alone were God’s people. They alone had a covenant with God. What happened? They went into captivity. They were given by God into the hands of their enemy. They went into servitude and disgrace.
II Thessalonians chapter 2 says that those who love the truth will be saved. Others will be given a strong delusion from God in order that they will believe a lie. In our day we have a good number of our own saying that we can no longer trust the Bible fully because it has been compromised. “Surely, God does not expect that from us given the circumstances.”
The Israelite’s didn’t think so either.