February 16, 2012 by greenhouse04
“For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”
Eeesh, this prophecy of Jesus’ sounds really twisted and messed-up! As Jesus is being led to his crucifixion, he laments over Jerusalem and its imminent fall, saying that women who have never borne children will be blessed when this happens because they will be spared much pain.
Only in a sinful world would a blessing like having children ever be considered a curse instead. Sin turns everything upside-down; it makes the natural and good joy of childbearing impossible for some and painful for all; it makes new life vulnerable to pain and injustice at the hands of others; it makes a blessing sometimes become a curse. God’s presence and redeeming work in this world is the only thing that keeps it from completely being destroyed by our sin.
Considering this, its obvious why barrenness would be considered a shameful reproach, while fruitfulness would be considered a blessing from God’s merciful hand. But the fact of the matter is, God makes it to rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Some wicked, God-hating people have many children, while some faithful servants of the Lord have none.
I’m so glad that God promises to someday right all wrongs and bring justice to the earth, and to restore creation to its good and natural intended state, free from sin.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus came to give us the right through his blood to become children of God. He came with this message first to his own family – Israel – but they did not receive him. But anyone who does receive him has the right to become a child of God. We are born again as his children, not in the physical, human sense, but born of God. This spiritual rebirth has just as much truth, reality, and even more permanency as our human birth.
This is really awesome to think about, that we can and do become his children while we’re not born that way originally. The price was paid and the legal transaction completed, then the Judge of all declared me his child forever. And this new spiritual identity and family is much more real, important, and lasting than my earthly, birth family.
My children are experiencing adoption into an earthly family; my prayer is that they experience adoption into God’s family!