FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR CHILD
MOTHERHOOD THE UNIVERSAL VIRTUE:
If the so-called ‘blessedness’ associated with parenting is considered a religious thing then it is obviously because we have the religions themselves showcasing and advocating it. For example, note how the Christian outlook on the matter is given vent through Ps. 127:3. And so it holds true for all religions.
Women, irrespective of their religious differences, in these modern times have more than ever come to regard the whole experience – ‘from conception to period of gestation to child-birth’ – nothing short of a spiritual experience, a spiritual journey, or an all-time spiritual high as some would put it.
Strangely, even though the Word of God states it the ‘curse of the woman’ (Gen 3:16), this is true of all women. Even of women who profess to live by the Word of God.
The reason is simple. For this is the man-ordained glory of the woman. Refer Jer 2:11. It is a proven fact that where the man leads the woman willingly follows (even during the times when she’d like to convince herself otherwise!).
The hitherto referred motherhood is the ultimate proof or the height of her subservience to him just as it alludes to in Gen 3:16. Because, man who is ‘all-wise’ and ‘all-knowing’ in her eyes has convinced her differently and declared ‘motherhood’ to be ‘THE SOLE BLESSEDNESS OF AN OTHERWISE CURSED WOMANHOOD’! Refer 1 Tim 2:15. Hence, the more committed a woman is to it, the brighter the halo of the virtuoso supplanted over her head.
If this in itself isn’t enough to set the alarm bells ringing, then we ought to see what the world’s take on it is. Strangely (or is it?), the world is in perfect agreement here. If in doubt, take a look around and notice all the pro nuptial promotional, the pro baby and child-birth propagandas and most particularly the eruption of newer and newer child-centered ideologies doing the beat.
Things have come to such a head that terms such as impotency, sexual-incompatibility, dual or natural parenting norm etc. have become extinct in the modern-day vocabulary of a child-centric world. Its flourishing business of child-production is no less an industrial revolution, as it keeps the manufacture of babies up and thriving, literally throwing them into every paying arm. This is the all so familiar ‘baby boom’ – which simply means nothing can stop you from having a child!
The long and short of it is that we now have a platform where you will get a unanimous concurrence from all concerned – religious and non-religious.
In that sense I suppose the obscure writer of 1 Tim 2:15 and its die-hard advocates are entitled to their smugness as at last it appears that salvation has come to all women – Christians and non-Christians. For, by and large, which of these women would fail to excel in the deemed highest virtue of child-rearing now that what was merely a possibility has become a definite certainty for one and all?
Under the circumstances one cannot be blamed I suppose if one is inclined to feel sorry for the men-folk as the said verse doesn’t make it clear if, by contributing their seeds, men have in any way contributed to working out their salvation too!
SYMBOLISM NOT THE END BUT THE MEANS:
What can one say to such a misled lot? Who among these will be willing to lend an ear to Truth? Who will one speak to? Where are the truly godly? Where are the Spiritually led? For I know they’d hearken, they’d listen. But where are they? As I continue to minister the Word in this melee, I can’t help feeling more and more like a charmer incanting to an adder!
Nevertheless I write this as instructed and pray that every person who has achieved the HUGE milestone of actually reading it will employ it for their salvation and not for their condemnation by turning a deaf ear to it:-
All ‘material blessedness’, including the fruits of the womb, portrayed in the Old Testament times are only symbolic and employed to lead mankind to the knowledge of the everlasting and therefore the greater blessings God has in store.
The timeless and infallible Word of God is as ancient of days as God Himself. But the slow-to-understanding man, who was foolish enough to reject the Word outright (Isa 43:27, Gen 3:17), had to be trained by it symbolically. As God puts it in Hos 11:4, He led them ‘by chords of human kindness’ or ‘ties of love’.
This is called ‘symbolism’. It means God’s words and promises thereof were symbolically fulfilled to man in order that he may begin to grasp the true, lasting and thereby the Spiritual implications of them.
Spiritual growth is only possible if we train ourselves to differentiate between ‘symbolism’ and ‘the actual Truth it showcases’ and allow our souls to transcend from one to the other. For the difference is between that which is merely the ‘image’ and that which is ‘REAL’ or the ‘ACTUAL’.
Sadly, as to exactly how slow to understanding man is, began to be evidenced by the fact that his focus and purpose became increasingly material rather than Spiritual. Spiritual implications remain lost to him to date. It means ‘Truth’ or ‘True Spirituality’ came to be completely sidetracked as ‘symbolism’ became both the means and the end.
This is why the concept that all blessings of God are material and therefore to be experienced in this life continues to change hands from the Jews to the Christians undeterred. And children are obviously one if not the ‘chiefest’ of all such blessings! Hence the universal appeal that it garners!
It’s a shame that neither the Jews, the first of nations to receive the Word of God, nor the Christians who claim to better understand it, have been able to lead the world into Light. To their collective folly and disgrace, they have only intensified the darkness (Matt 6:23b).
The outcome therefore is that ALL (Jews and Christians included) have only contributed to the building of ‘Babylon’ – to the growing number of the children of the ‘desolate woman’, of the one who has forsaken her Husband. A prostitute! Refer Isa 54:1.
The Spiritual implication that God is the Husband of all (Gen 2:21-22, Jer 3:14 etc.), and that true blessedness is in raising a Spiritual harvest of eternal children of God and not in raising illegitimate children of flesh (1 Cor 15:50), i.e. of the seeds of man who is the impostor ‘husband’ just hasn’t struck home.
FAILING TO PERCEIVE IT IS THE REASON WHY from the beginning men yearned to produce sons hoping one of zthem would turn out to be the fulfillment of the Prophecy (Gen 3:15) of the promised Messiah (eg. Gen 5:29)!
So that, the Jews, even though Light had come to them, remained ignorant of it (Jn 1:5), and carried on with the foolish legacy well intact.
It took a young virgin finally to Spiritually discern the Truth so as to ready herself for the fulfillment of the prophecy (Isa 7:14) and give birth to the ‘ONLY LEGITIMATE’ Son of God, the promised Messiah, who OBVIOUSLY unlike the rest was not conceived of the perishable seed of man but of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:28-38) – JUST AS IT WAS PROPHESIED OF HIM BY THE WORDS ‘HER OFFSPRING’ (Gen 3:15)!
Yet, even after the Messiah had appeared and revealed Himself, shockingly Christians like their Jewish predecessors shamelessly continue with the legacy of glorying in their sons!
This is the reason it testifies in Isa 54:1, that Zion, the Spiritual woman (or the people of God), WHOSE HUSBAND IS THE LORD, continues to remain barren.
SO MUCH FOR THE SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE SO-CALLED PEOPLES OF GOD!
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF THE FAMED DISPUTE OF THE MOTHERS:
Note the famed dispute of the prostitute mothers in the court of Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28). The dispute between the mother who sought life for the child and the bereft mother who sought death for the surviving child! The dispute was obviously settled. However, what remains unsolved is the riddle it presented. Not anymore if you will read on carefully.
UNDERSTAND THAT ALL OF US AS MOTHERS OR PARENTS ARE GUILTY OF ADULTERY, OF UNFAITHFULNESS TO GOD, OUR TRUE HUSBAND. Refer Jer 3:20, Hos 1:4-5 etc.
If mothers, then we are all mothers of illegitimate children. Refer Hos 5:7, “They are unfaithful to the Lord; they give birth to illegitimate children…”
But like the Israelites, don’t we also pride in boasting differently! For instance, refer Jn 8:41, “’We are not illegitimate children,’ they protested. ‘The only Father we have is God Himself.’”
SUCH BOASTINGS AND THAT TOO BEFORE THE ONLY LEGITIMATE SON OF GOD!
To those whose eyes have been opened, the verses in Lk 23:28-29 will begin to make sense: “Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; WEEP FOR YOURSELVES AND FOR YOUR CHILDREN. FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN YOU WILL SAY, ‘BLESSED ARE THE BARREN WOMEN, THE WOMBS THAT NEVER BORE AND THE BREASTS THAT NEVER NURSED.’’”
Just as the Spirit had testified and instructed through prophet Jeremiah in Jer 9:20, “Now, O women, hear the Word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of His mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.”
1. Because OF THE STAMP OF DEATH which is upon them (Jer 9:21, Gen 3:17-19, 1 Kings 3:25, Hos 9:16b etc.).
2. Because OF THE THINGS THEY WILL DO (Lk 23:31).
3. Because OF WHAT IS GOING TO COME UPON THEM (Mic 1:16).
Read Mic 1:16, “SHAVE YOUR HEADS IN MOURNING FOR THE CHILDREN IN WHOM YOU DELIGHT; MAKE YOURSELVES AS BALD AS THE VULTURE, FOR THEY WILL GO FROM YOU INTO EXILE.”
4. Because if not to literal exile they will go in to Spiritual exile for THEY WILL TURN AGAINST YOU AND YOU AGAINST THEM (eg. Matt 10:21).
GODLY OFFSPRING OF GODLY PARENTS:
Is it a coincidence that the two mothers are prostitutes? And is it a coincidence that one should seek life for the surviving child and the other death? No, not if we begin to see that the two represent Zion and Babylon respectively – differentiated by the fact that whilst the former chose life, the latter chose death.
For choosing Life is symbolic of the first prostitute’s repentance and return to her God, her True Husband (Hos 2:7 & 19-23) as obviously Life is not that which is sourced by man. Hence the symbolization made therein of the ‘giver of life’ as a judge.
Likewise choosing Death is a testimony to the second woman’s fallen and depraved state, who willfully remains subjected to her curse (Gen 3:16) and thereby to man who is the source of Death (Gen 3:19).
Now that the riddle has been solved, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DISCERN WHY THE ‘DESOLATE AND BEREFT’ WOMAN SHOULD SEEK THAT DEATH SHOULD COME UPON YOUR CHILD AS WELL!
Therefore, it is for you to act before it is too late. It is for you to choose to become a godly parent, the parent who seeks life – eternal and abundant – for its offspring.
UNDERSTAND THAT GEN 3:15 IS THE TRUE ‘BLESSEDNESS OF WOMANHOOD’ AND NOT GEN 3:16 AS MEN WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE.
The first prostitute mother, whose action elevates parenthood to a Spiritual level or to the true blessed level, demonstrates godly parenting.
Godly parenting therefore is partaking of the divine love of God for all His children, which means to seek Life for all so that none may perish (eg. Ezek 18:32). For, to seek Life is to seek God, the Source of Life. On the other hand, if you remain subjected to your earthly husbands, death will continue to reign over you thanks to him (Gen 3:19), and you and all in your household will together perish with him.
Therefore, return to your Husband, the True and Holy One (Hos 2:16). Seek Life for yourself and ALL in your household (Prov 31:10-31) – your servants included. Like the woman with the living child, plead your cause with God the Living Judge, the One who grants Life, while you may, which means while there is yet life in both you and your offspring.
It is called the ‘pains of childbirth’ all over again, because of the ‘Spiritual’ anguish you will suffer for the salvation of your offspring (eg. Gal 4:19) and for all offspring in general as a godly parent (Isa 42:14). So that their life may be spared and you may be truly blessed and join the rank of ‘blessed Mary’ of the ‘TRULY blessed motherhood’ fame (Lk 1:48).
Understand that a woman’s truly inherent and ‘blessed’ desire is for her God (eg. Dan 11:37) and not for man which came about as a ‘curse’ (Gen 3:16) and which man has all along been exploiting to his ill-conceived advantage.
Just as the Word of God reinstates in Jer 31:22, “How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter! The Lord will create a new thing on earth – a woman will compass a man.” Also refer Prov 9:3.
Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the confusions presented by distorted translations of said verses. For, it is the God-ordained glory of the woman to lead her household in true wisdom. Like it says in Prov 9:3, “WISDOM HAS SENT OUT HER MAIDS.” For only she who is wise and leads her household in the Wisdom of Lord God Who is her Husband, will partake of the prophecy concerning her and her offspring – the brave enemies of the Enemy (Gen 3:15).
If unmarried, yours is the wonderful choice to remain true to your worthy Husband. After all, whether married or unmarried, the Spiritual counsel is to live as if you are not (1 Cor 7:21). Instead seek Life – Life for the dying so that you may reap a joyful harvest of living children in the Lord.
Do not be foolish to believe the syndicated lie of the churches that just because you are a child of God you will be able to raise a Spiritual harvest by getting married and having children. THE UNTOLD MISERY OF MARRIED LIFE FOR A CHILD OF GOD is the constant battle-field his or her family will present as godliness is a choice and not innately found in anyone. Never be misled to assume that any person born of the seed of man has any good in him or her. Once early infancy is past, all children will begin to show their true inclinations which will only be manifested more and more as time moves on. This will mean to be saddled with the overwhelming burden of conquering your own weaknesses while you struggle with the weaknesses of your next of kin, which try as you might, you will not be able to ignore. To serve God outside of marriage will at least grant you the wisdom and possibility to partake in the fellowship of the like-Spirited only.
REMEMBER, even though presently Zion cannot boast in her children because of the sword of the Judgment, she is the one who has received the reassurance from the Lord that He will Himself fill her tent to overflowing capacity (Isa 54, Isa 60) as only He can.
FOR HERS IS THE HARVEST OF LIFE, OF LIVING CHILDREN, CHILDREN WHO ARE BORN AGAIN OR BORN AND RAISED OF GOD (Isa 60:14, 31-32).
With these verses of reassurance, let me encourage you to remain steadfast in the Lord and persevere faithfully in His service – Isa 29:20-21, “…No longer will (you) be shamed; no longer will (your) face grow pale. When (you) see among (the redeemed) (your) children, the work of His hands… Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction.” And Ps 69:36, “THE CHILDREN OF HIS SERVANTS WILL INHERIT (ZION), and those who love His Name will dwell there.”