1. Galatians 4:24 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does it mean for Hagar to bear children that are slaves?

Galatians 4:24 (ESV)

24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.

Ordinarily, in the ancient Near East, the children of slaves were also destined for slavery unless they were acknowledged by the owner/master.1 The suggestion from this is that those who see old covenant law as a means of salvation are children of Hagar and not children of Sarah.2 They are unable to share in the promised inheritance through their imperfect obedience to the law.3