“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.”
The Apostle Paul quotes this verse in Galatians 4:27. It predicts the salvation of the Gentiles during the rejection and dispersion of Israel. Paul quoted this verse to prove that more men will be saved under the new dispensation than under the old one, which is cast out and abolished. Before the Day of Pentecost and the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the relatively few believers following Jesus’ death and resurrection, the church was mostly in hiding, not sure of what to do next. Souls were not being brought to Christ.
Once the Holy Spirit filled the Apostles and other believers, all that changed. Thousands of people in Jerusalem came to Christ, and persecution drove them out into the world where the gospel was spread quickly, and church were established all over Asia, into Africa, and in Greece and even Rome, where Caesar was the god to be worshiped.
What a change! The power of the Holy Spirit remains with us today, and we need to learn to tap into it, to empower our witness, to continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in whatever way we can.
We need revival!