by Christina Farris
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.
16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died ) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.
Exodus 1:15-22 KJV
The baby born to Rachel and Jacob was the last one born to the family. Benjamin would be the youngest son. Joseph who Jacob youngest thought was dead and Rachel then bore one more and called him Benjamin and she died. The words fear not, is often the words of strangers as well as people we knows another, whose hope for a person is often better then the one that is being fearful. Rachel fear for her baby's life, but the midwife was able to convey he would live and she named him Benoni before dying. Jacob would call him Benjamin. The life of the mother lost but the child would be greatly loved by his father. Jacob sorrow was turned to joy of another baby boy.
In Egypt the Hebrew girls were allowed to live and boys were killed, but the midwives did there best to protect even the birth of a baby boy. The story of Egypt taking place at the time of Moses birth, and the Pharaoh said to cast the sons in the river. Moses is cast in but in ark of safety. Protection of babies even in times of fear, of loosing one's own life comes to mind, for any midwife caught delivering a baby boy and not ending his life would die. The midwives fear God greater then they did the Pharaoh and help many baby boys live. What if doctors today went about saving the babies of those that would wish them dead, as the midwives did, because they fear God more then the family of those that wanted their child dead.
Our nation is not in fear of God when the born are killed as well as the unborn killed before their life as a chance to begin. If you live in a hunting and farming community you know the weak seldom survive and you know that the weak are often a handful to care for. Yet those that are weak sometimes nourished, grow to be strong and vital in life. One never knows who will be stronger and who will be weaker. LIfe can full a person sometimes. The joy of childbirth should never be one sorrow, unless of a stillborn baby.
I often concerned with the lack of fear of those killing the innocent with no regard for human life beyond their own. I am concerned because fear is not in our nation to protect to serve to enable the weak. Yet there are images of those enabled floating on social media of how talented some of the weak truly are. I have to ask if the weak are talented, then who are we to say they are not worthy to live. They often give something back to those around them in the most innocent ways.
Christ spoke to his disciples about the prevailing of child birth and the birth to come. He speaking not about a baby birth, but using a baby birth to describe the church. If we say that person is not suitable to receive Christ we are abortionist. If we see the future of the christian community as only people of perfection in our own eyes and not the eyes of God then we fail to see the beauty of the potential of all believers. Christ spoke of the birth of the church would come with pain and with sorrow but then that sorrow and pain would turn to joy. If we see joy of the birth of one finding Christ, no matter the age, the time of delivery, or that pain and sorrow it took to bring each child of God to their knees in repentance and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior we fail see the hope of the lost. It not our duty to convict it is only our duty to share the love of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to convict the heart no matter how long our suffering of this person is, or how long of learning it takes for one to see the need of Christ.
One can not change an abortion, only what one does in their future. If you killed an unbeliever because you consider them unworthy to receive Christ don't fret, because God not done with a person yet. Give God time to do his work in the equation of your failing and do some praying of your own soul that you learn to value those lost as well as those saved still growing in Christ Jesus. Let us fear what we do to others that are searching for the hope of Jesus that we are not a turn off but a turn on for Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we come to you, help us not to be abortionist of the world, but lovers of the people of world, to the point they see the need of you and come to their knees with the hope of faith. They see the value of faith in you, In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:John 16:16-22 KJV
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.