My Heritage from the LORD
Why do I say that my children are a Heritage from the Lord?
There are two views of how life begins. One view says that God's sovereign activity creates life. The other view says that life is the end result of a chance collision of pre-existing matter.
Regarding the initial creation of Man and his world, I reject the "chance theory." Since the Bible, God's Word, is infallible and gives the ONLY reliable historical account of the world's beginning, I have no choice but to reject human speculation.
God plainly says, "For in six days the Lord made Heaven and Earth, the Sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day" and I believe Him with all my heart.
In the same way, and for much the same reason, I also reject the "chance theory" of human conception. Biologists may speculate that children are the end result of a chance collision of sperm and egg, but the Bible teaches an irreconcilable truth: children are created by the active agency of the Sovereign God.
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This is what God says:
"And unto the woman [God] said, 'I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee.'" (Genesis 3:16)
"And the angel of the LORD said unto [Hagar], I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. (Genesis 16:10)
"And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee [Abraham]: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation." (Genesis 17:20)
"For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife." (Genesis 20:18)
"And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him." (Genesis 21:1,2)
"And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived." (Genesis 25:21)
"And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren." (Genesis 29:31)
"And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son." (Genesis 30:17)
"And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, 'God hath taken away my reproach." (Genesis 30:22)
"And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also." (Genesis 38:9, 10)
"Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb." (Genesis 49:25)
"And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil." (Exodus 23:25, 26)
"And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless." (Leviticus 20:20-21)
"Where it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgements, and keep, and do them, that...He will love thee and bless thee, and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb....Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you...." (Deuteronomy 7:12-16)
"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy
kine, and the flocks of thy sheep." (Deuteronomy 28:1-4)
"See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill and I make alive." (Deuteronomy 32:39)
"I took your father Abraham...and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac." (Joshua 24:3)
"So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son." (Ruth 4:13)
"But unto Hannah [Elkanah] gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb." (I Samuel 1:5)
"...and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, 'Because I have asked him of the LORD.'" (I Samuel 1:20)
"And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD." (I Samuel 2:21)
"Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, 'How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!'...Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death." (II Samuel 6:20-23)
"And [Elisha] said, 'What then is to be done for [the Shunamite woman]?' And Gehazi answered, 'Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.' And he said, 'Call her.' And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, 'About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son.' And she said, 'Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.' And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life." (II Kings 4:14-17)
"And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters." (I Chronicles 25:5)
Obed-edom had eight sons "for God blessed him." (I Chronicles 26:4, 5)
He blesses [His people] also, so that they are multiplied greatly....and maketh him families like a flock." (Psalm 107:38-41)
"He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 113:9)
"The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth." (Psalm 115:12-15)
"Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." (Psalm 127:1)
"Lo, children ARE an heritage from the Lord: and the fruit of the womb IS His reward." (Psalm 127:3, If children were accidents of biology, God would not say otherwise.)
"Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD." (Psalm 128:3, 4)
"For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." (Psalm 139:13-16)
"Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen." (Isaiah 44:2)
"Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself." (Isaiah 44:24)
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee...." (Jeremiah 1:5; the word form means 'to shape' or 'to create'. It is used in Genesis 2:7 of the creation of Adam.)
"As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception." (Hosea 9:11)
"Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts." (Hosea 9:14)
"And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth." (Malachi 2:15)
"Whoso shall receive one such little child in My Name receiveth Me." (Matthew 18:5)
"There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course...there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel 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.'" (Luke 1:5-13)
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." (Ephesians 1:4-7)
"Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." (I Timothy 2:15)
"And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. (Hebrews 7:9, 10)
"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised." (Hebrews 11:11)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
This is the testimony of holy men and women of God:
Eve said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord." (Genesis 4:1)
"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: 'For God,' said [Eve], 'hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.'" (Genesis 4:25)
"And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir." (Genesis 15:3)
"And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, 'Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.' And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, 'Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also': and she called his name Simeon." (Genesis 29:32, 33)
"And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, 'Give me children, or else I die.' And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, 'Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?'" (Genesis 30:1, 2)
"And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan." (Genesis 30:6)
"And [Esau] lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, 'Who are those with thee?' And [Jacob] said, 'The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.'" (Genesis 33:5)
"And the name of the second called [Joseph] Ephraim: 'For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.'" (Genesis 41:52)
"And Joseph said unto his father, 'They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place.'" (Genesis 48:9)
Job said, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)
"Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay;
and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? (Job 10:8-10)
Job said, "Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?" (Job 31:15)
David said, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." (Psalm 37:25)
David said, "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold." (Psalm 119:127)
Solomon said, "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all." (Ecclesiastes 11:5)
An Example of Stewardship:
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.' His lord said unto him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'
"He also that had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.' His lord said unto him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'
"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.' His lord answered and said unto him, 'Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.'
"'Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" (Matthew 25:14-30, A good steward is not neglectful, wasteful, or destructive of that with which he has been instrusted. Where God has given a fruitful womb or healthy seed or living children, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect and increase the talents He has given.)
An Example of Wickedness:
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God ino an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature." (Romans 1:22-26, the 'natural use' is the ability to receive seed and nourish babies.)
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:27, 28)
[God has commanded us to "Be fruitful" just as He has commanded us to "Be holy." We are not commanded to intermittent fruitfulness or to intermittent holiness, but to wholehearted and continual obedience to every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God.]
"And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein....And I, behold, I establish my covenant...for perpetual generations." (Genesis 9:7-12)
"If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish." (Exodus 21:10)
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
"Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency." (I Corinthians 7:3-5)
"I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully." (I Timothy 5:14)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations." (Deuteronomy 7:9)
"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." (Psalm 37:25)
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)
Do We Love God?
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (I John 5:3)
God KNOWS your abilities, your talents, your weaknesses, your health, your patience, and your finances. He KNOWS it all because it is all His Providence to you.
The Bible teaches that God makes babies. The Bible also teaches that God is omnipotent, or all-powerful. That assumes absolute and perfect self-control.
Conception is the act of God. Who would presume to take dominion over HIM?
The Necessity of a Reformed World and Life View Why every area of life must be submitted to the authority of the Word of God.
Review of Church History Quotations that I have gleaned from many sources.