Wednesday, October 21, 2020
 My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!
 I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
 Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law?
 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.
 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise.
 Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.
 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.
 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
break forth and shout, you who are not in travail;
for the children of the desolate one are many more
than the children of her that is married.”
 Now we, 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.
 But what does the scripture say? “Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.”
 So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
 And he went down to Caper’na-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath;
 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority.
 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice,
 “Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”
 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
 And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they besought him for her.
 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them.
 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.
 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
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