22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. 23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: … (Galatians 4).
When Abraham’s saga was being played out, it was in order to become an allegory. That is, God had the allegory already in mind for future reference even while it was still unfolding—yea, He had it in mind even before it ever unfolded—even before the foundation of the world. God did not look back in time and think, “Hey, I think I’ll use Abraham’s story as an allegory.” No, He was already looking forward in time to the allegory He desired in order to direct Abraham’s story.
In plain words, God does not work by the seat of His pants, so to speak. Because of His sovereign, providential nature, God does not simply react to what happens—He directs it. He is not simply the Recorder of history—He is the Writer of the play itself. What a great mystery to man’s puny mind!
Lord, we acknowledge You as the Playwright and we as simply the willing actors. Help us This Day to be good actors in the play You have written for our lives. And may our story reveal in allegory Your great story. Amen.