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The Jews of Paul’s time, by and large, rejected the Son of God, and the covenant of faith. That’s why they revolted over and over against the Romans, who ultimately destroyed Jerusalem and scattered them all over the world. Here, Paul gets really cutting. He lumps the Jews who reject Christ together with Hagar and Ishmael–the illegitimate son who abused Isaac–and implies that those who try to follow the 600+ tenets of Torah are slaves. But he is correct. If you try to follow all those little laws, you end up so OC and so busy with minutiae that you have no time for the big commandment–love God and your neighbor.

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