Daily Reflection: Saved by the Bell | Galatians 4:3-4
It’s the same way with us and this whole Law and Promise business. We’ve just been runts strapped with rules too, and the Law was our prep school where we were enslaved to the tedium of the abc’s of world religion. Until the time finally, fully came, the bell announcing more than recess – it announces the hour of sweet release, of full redemption from our prep school days in the person of the Son sent by the Father; the Son, who went through his own regimen of a mother’s birth, who endured decades of his own religious calisthenics in the same Law prep school, fully joining us in that confining space so that he might lead us out of it into the full light and right of sonship. Galatians 4:3-5 |MAV
I always loved recess. It’s sometime just after ten in the morning. The bell rings. Books are closed. Pencils are put up. And then the dash out the door. Air! Playground! Play! Running, kickball, tetherball. It didn’t matter. For a brief moment we were free from the confining classroom, the frequent tedium of the work. Emphasis on the word brief. A short fifteen minutes later we were right back in that classroom, staring with longing eyes out those windows. Paul’s astonishment with the Galatians is that though they had graduated in Jesus from the tedium of the “abc’s of world religion,” gentile style, they have now re-enrolled in that same abc’s of religion school, Jewish style. Paul points to the bell violently vibrating on the wall; to the clock that clearly reads 3:30. School is over. You have graduated. Class dismissed. And this through the presence of One who became a fellow student, who enrolled in the same school, went through the same regimen, subjected himself to all the same lessons, moving to the Head of the class – so through him we can all move into the freedom of the playground that is transformed into life.
Is your experience of life in general (and Christianity in particular) feel more like the tedium of a classroom or the liberation of the playground? How can it be more of the latter and less of the former?
God, help me to hear the bell and to accept your invitation to taste the freedom of graduation, of liberation on the ever expanding playground of life in you.
During these next weeks we are processing Galatians 3-4, be making your way through Abraham’s story in Genesis 12-25. This week you might also tack on Exodus 19-24.
For all of this week’s resources on Galatians including this week’s DG video on Galatians, check out the Vineyard website.