Monday, December 29, 2008

Infertile women in the Bible

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I have looked and read through my Bible looking for the women that were "barren." I wanted to see how they dealt with it and what were their circumstances. I think that sometimes we blame ourselves thinking that we did something to deserve this but that is not the case. In Luke chapter one we find that Elisabeth and Zacharias were barren until late in their years. And the Bible says that they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And an angel of the Lord appeared unto Zacharias and said unto him " Fear not Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John." I thought about these verses and thinking how that they were both "stricken in years" and how that he still prayed for a son. But you think about the Lords timing. If their prayers had been answered early in their years then John the Baptist would have not been born at the exact time that he should have. He had to come at a certain time in order to come right before the Lord Jesus Christ. This makes me realize that the Lords timing is a lot better than our timing and the way that we would have things to go. This story is found in Luke chapter 1:5-25. Then we can go back and read about Hannah in 1 Samuel chapters 1-2. From reading the verses you can truley see how burdened she was and how she longed to bear a son. I can relate to the feelings of desperation that she seemed to have. She was married to Elkanah and he had two wives Hannah and Peninnah. It said that Peninnah had children but Hannah had none because the Lord had shut up her womb. And each year they would go unto the temple to sacrifice unto the Lord. And Hannah went into the temple and prayed unto the Lord. And it said that she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore ( I know that we can surley relate to that.) The Lord heared her cry and gave her a son and she called him Samuel (meaning because I have ask him of the Lord.) There is a lot more to this story if you want to read it. I think that it is a good story to go back and read. You can also read that Samsons mother was barren for she gave birth to him. That story is founf in Judges chapter 13. You can read in Ruth ch 4:13 that the Lord is the giver of life. It said that the Lord gave her conception and she bare a son. So the Lord was the one that gave her that ability. One of the most popular miracles of a barren woman is the story of Abraham and Sarah. The Lord promised Abraham a son and the Lord was faithful in that that he had promised. You can read this story in Genesis, the birth of Issac is on ch 21. The story of the Shunammite woman and her son is in 2 Kings ch 4 verses 8-37, and in ch. 8 verses1-6. In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 there are many verses on the faith of people in the old testament and the promises that they recieved because they believed God. I know that when I have read this chapter that my faith is increased and I see all the things that the Lord is able to do. We are serving the same God who done all these miracles and he can do them today also. My prayers are with each of you as we go along on this journey together. Just remember the Lords timing is perfect and the Lord knows what he's doing in our lives. We just have to have faith and trsut out Savior.

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