Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 10
January 20, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<233> Thesis: God's "solution" to the conflict engendered by the Law is the final separation of the children of the flesh from the children of the Spirit under the oversight of Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham. Introduction: We come this evening to our final study of the last paragraph of the second section of Paul's letter to the Galatians. We have seen that the thrust of this paragraph is the question Paul raised at the beginning: are you 'hearing' the Law? It seems fitting, therefore, that the final argument for 'listening' is Paul's quote of Genesis 21:10. In that text we read of Sarah's demand that Abraham "cast out" Hagar and Ishmael. That demand did not sit well with Abraham, but God told him to give in to Sarah's demand. Because God told Abraham to yield to Sarah on the issue, Paul quoted "the Scriptures" in such a way that Sarah's demand becomes "the word of God". Interestingly, this "word of God" through Sarah, who was initially at fault, has become Paul's final argument for the Galatians to reject the teaching of the legalists who are so adamantly opposed to grace. It is even more interesting that Abraham was "at fault" in listening to Sarah in the first place, but is now commanded by God to listen to her. Paul's point, however, is unmistakable: the end result of legal theology is being rejected by God and cast out into the Lake of Fire.