Modern Christians seem to be history averse, but as Paul demonstrates, a good use of historical knowledge can help to drive a point. In this passage, Paul uses the example of the Ishmael narrative to turn rhetorical tides. It must be noted that this move was particularly clever because of the allegiances it challenged. The Jewish nation was a product of the union between Abraham and Sarah, but also of Moses’ leadership with the law of God. Here Paul notes that to be associated with Sarah, one must eventually reject the law as the correct path. To continue associating with it is to reject Abraham and Sarah’s union in favor of his union with Hagar. For a law lover, this would be a difficult burden to accept as the law and Abraham were linked in Judaism. With a discerning mind and knowledge of history, Paul is able to cede the argument in such a way that the Judaizers own history argues against their points. Christian’s ought to follow his example. Understanding the past frees up the future.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts