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The Lineage of Laughter

November 9

             “Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman ... Which things are an allegory: ..."  Galatians 4:22, 24

"The imagery here could not be more rich:" 

 

Both of their names begin with the letter "I", but that is where the similarities cease.  Outside the common DNA of their father, these two boys are as diametrically opposed as Heaven and Hell.  By whom they were birthed is key to the symbolism here.  Hagar represents Hell, with Ishmael the vivid byproduct of all of man's faithless efforts to please GOD and render himself acceptable as is.  Sarah represents salvation, and the miraculous grace of living faith, however weak it may appear at times; with Isaac (i.e. Laughter), the joyous picture of HIS promise.  "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the SPIRIT is spirit."  The imagery here could not be more rich: From one seed come two births, from two births come two sons, which ultimately lead to two inheritances, and two destinations.  The fork in the road called Fatal is obvious, and the ends thereof very depictive in the lives and heritage of these two lads.    

"For in HIM we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also HIS offspring."  Similarly, in a strictly creational sense, GOD is the FATHER of us all, and the GIVER of life to every person born of woman ... man is simply the pro-creational tool.  "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."  Without exception, each of us were born of the fleshly seed of Ishmael, dead in trespass and sin, bereft of any ability to engage GOD, or save ourselves from the inevitable slopes of eternal destruction.  "How then can man be justified with GOD? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?"  GOD, in HIS grace however, intervened on the sad stage of humanity, most visibly at Bethlehem; and by virtue of HIS SON'S sinless life, selfless death, and supernatural resurrection, we are offered a second birth on life.  "Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again."  In spite of the obvious about us, and GOD, marveled multitudes still choose to jump off Ishmael's cliff, in one last defiant leap for the love of their sin.  Only those who face their fate honestly apart from CHRIST, and turn by faith to accept this second birth, become the spiritual offspring of JESUS, and thus partake of Isaac and the lineage of laughter. 

"Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing ... The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."


For Love of Country
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
(Teacher, authored: Uncle Tom's Cabin)
"A day of grace is yet held out to us.  Both North and South have been guilty before GOD; and the Christian church has a heavy account to answer.  Not by combining together, to protect injustice and cruelty, and making a common capital of sin, is this Union to be saved, but by repentance, justice and mercy."


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