MemberJuly 30, 2021 at 1:52 am
Really enjoying the dialogue on this subject, especially Deborah. Thank you. Just a mention about Galatians 4.25 which many use to justify that Mt Sinai is in Saudi Arabia. Mt Sinai is in Sinai which was part of Arabia in biblical times including Paul’s time-there is only one Sinai (Peninsula) and it makes sense that the Mount of God would be situated on this Peninsula. Also this text is not about geography. It is an allegory merely bringing up the contrast of two covenants. Paul is making an allegory using literal historical events for the express purpose of illustrating the lessons of faith and freedom versus works and bondage. Through Hagar and her son Ishmael, Abraham intended at one time to work out God’s plan. Sarah represented the new covenant of Faith through the son of Promise (Isaac). This text reveals that the Galatians were reverting to the very kind of worship that had brought Israel as a nation into bondage, ruin and rejection.