“For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” (Gal. 4:25)
A city in bondage – What makes Jerusalem so? It has nothing to do with the state of political affairs or the sustenance of its existence. Jerusalem is like any other city in this respect. It has an infrastructure, commerce, citizenry, and a heritage. Jerusalem is in bondage from the standpoint of spiritual focus. The Most Holy Place of the Temple is gone, not to be re-established on earth. This is why the Spirit compares it to Hagar, the slave woman who had no place in bringing forth the promised blessing. The children of Jerusalem in bondage are those who place the meaning of their lives in that city.
Particularly, this has to do with those who are still holding on to Sinai, the covenant which God gave through Moses. (It is amazing how many who call on the name of Jesus are doing this.) The Law has fulfilled God’s design. The beauty of reconciliation has gone forth to all nations through the Messiah. We remember with honor that covenant and the city associated with it. However, the One born under the Law pointed to the new; “the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (John 3:21)
Those who truly desire to be free are establishing their citizenship in the Jerusalem which is above. Could it be that God has returned Jews to the possession of Judea for the opportunity of demonstrating faith? – A demonstration whose vision goes beyond the material world?