WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Scripture: Galatians 4:1-4
In Galatians 4:1-4 we are told, “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,…” As we look at history, we gain some understanding of how fullness works. The conquests of Alexander the Great and his principles resulted in a universal language. In every city and nation that Alexander conquered, he declared that commerce could only be done in Koine Greek. So everyone had to learn Greek in order to do business. When the Romans conquered the then-known world, their emphasis was entirely different. They knew that they could only keep control of the empire if they built roads that made it possible for their legions to get from one region to another in a crisis. Because of Alexander the Great, the then-known world had a common language and because of Rome, they could travel and mingle. “Fullness of time,” in the context of Galatians, means when there was a common language and accessibility in travel the message could spread. God brought forth His Son in a season where the message could spread rapidly and dramatically. And it certainly did. It has been spreading ever since. Fullness is governed by the context in which it is used for both our harvest of nations and as a trigger for judgment. Walking between fullness of harvest and fullness of iniquity establishes a divine tension that pulls in opposite directions. As we learn to navigate that tension, we learn the key to the great end-time harvest. Moses prophesied God would raise a prophet like him, and he brought Israel out of bondage by ‘God’s judgments.’ When we accept that Jesus also swings the judicial sword, we can progress towards God’s end-time goal!