This passage really jumped out at me today…..
“And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.
But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
But what does the Scripture say? ” CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”
So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”
I see the correlation of Hagar and Ishmael with Sarah and Issac mirroring those still in Adam that have rejected Jesus with God’s children those reborn through Jesus Christ….over and over again in God’s word we see this distinguishing of two different teams so to speak, as early as the account of Cain and Able and then Seth being sent as the “redeeming child” in Ruth we see Moabite joined with Kinsmen redeemer Boaz, giving birth to Obed redeeming Naomi….and in Esther, Jewish girl marrying a Persian King which brings long awaited freedom to the Hebrews in its outcome, and the distraction of an evil conspiracy….in the NT the obvious and most important one Jesus coming and dying then rising again in complete victory over darkness, death and Satan, the grave lost its power and a way was made to make children right with their Papa!
And even in the to come part of things we see this divine separation of sheep and goats…….
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”
Matthew 25:31-33 …….
What is the purpose in all this? I believe to show us over and over that those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are set apart for Him, become distinct part of an eternal family….look at this next verse….
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
This is what I mean when I say we can learn so much from the whole Bible OT and NT because He shows us these same truths through out…..and I don’t know bout you but repetition helps me ground it in.
Another thing I keep seeing as I just thought about the wheat and the chaff analogy…..
“”As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.””
Another repetitive appeared……nothing can separate God’s kids from Him……not thorny weeds, the Hamans or Hagars, Herods, Jezebels of this world, not the goats, or anti christs……truly we can see over and over….
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”