5663 childbirth

5663 childbirth

Seen by Scripture as a token of God’s favour, and used figuratively to picture a number of central biblical themes.

Childbirth in the OT

Childbirth as a blessing Ge 1:28 See also Dt 7:14; Ps 127:3-5

Childlessness a cause of shame in Israel Ge 30:1 See also 1Sa 1:6,10-11; Lk 1:24-25

The nature of human childbirth

The pain of childbirth a consequence of the fall Ge 3:16

The need for ceremonial purification after childbirth See also Lev 12:1-8 Under the old covenant, unsanctioned contact with blood was ceremonially defiling; Lk 2:24

The role of midwives in childbirth Ex 1:15-21

The joy of childbirth Ge 21:6; Jn 16:21

Childbirth and salvation

The birth of a Saviour Ge 3:15 Although childbirth is a focus of judgment, through it the human race continues, and the Messiah comes into the world. See also Ge 12:2-3; Ge 15:3-6; Isa 7:14; Isa 9:6-7; Mt 1:18-25; Lk 1:35; Lk 2:4-7; Gal 3:16; Gal 4:4; Rev 12:5

Salvation in childbearing 1Ti 2:15 A Christian mother fulfils her calling in childbearing; some take it to mean she will be kept safe in childbirth. Some, however, take this verse as a reference to Ge 3:15, and the coming of Jesus Christ, as above.

Childbirth used figuratively

To describe weakness and vulnerability See also Eze 16:4-6

To describe weakness under judgment 2Ki 19:3 pp Isa 37:3 See also Ps 48:6; Isa 23:4; Isa 26:17-18; Jer 4:31; Hos 2:3; Hos 13:13; Mic 4:10

To describe troubles prior to God’s final triumph Mt 24:7-8 pp Mk 13:8 See also Ro 8:22

To describe love and compassion Isa 49:15

To describe regeneration Jn 3:6-7 See also Jn 1:12-13; Jas 1:18; 1Pe 1:23

To describe pastoral concern Gal 4:19

To describe the disciples’joy Jn 16:21-22

To describe triumph and salvation Isa 54:1 See also Gal 4:27; Isa 26:19; Isa 66:7-11

God’s sovereignty in childbirth

All children are God’s gift Ps 127:3

God controls the events of childbirth Ge 25:22-23; Ps 139:13,16

Childbirth in old age Ge 17:16-19; Lk 1:5-13,18-20,23-25

Childbirth as an answer to prayer Ge 25:21; 1Sa 1:20; Lk 1:13

Childbirth for the barren woman Ps 113:9 See also Ge 25:21; Jdg 13:2-5; 1Sa 2:5; Isa 54:1

Jesus Christ born of a virgin Isa 7:14 See also Mt 1:22-23,18; Lk 1:30-31,34-37 “impossible” births demonstrate God’s power and grace and show that salvation comes from the Lord.

See also

1320God as Saviour
2230Messiah, coming of
2366Christ, prophecies concerning
2515Christ, birth of
5093Eve
5225barrenness
5410midwife
5655birth
5668children, responsibilities to parents
5719mothers, responsibilities
6154fall, the

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