“…the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him.”
For those of us who will never have children in this world, we can rejoice for those who have had that privilege and
joy, and especially the comfort that was granted them as they grew old and saw how their
family would continue for generations to come: to live, to love, and to share. But there are those special children who could
only be born from Above: the child that stood unique among the other children: the child that could only exist if GOD overruled
the woman’s total incapability to bear children. Throughout history there have been many who lived out their lives without
that special blessing of GOD: the blessing that is unique to the woman: the blessing of the caressing waves of maternal love.
In each case of barren women recorded in the Bible they were special ladies who received GOD’S mercy and overruling
There are several stories of
barren women in the Bible. The first was Sarah, the wife of Abraham. GOD promised faithful Abraham and Sarah that they would
bear a son. But many years passed after the promise was given, and still no son. GOD purposely delayed, that His Glory could
be seen and men could rejoice in His power to overrule in their behalf, and thus, fortify a key element of our salvation:
faith. GOD would not open Sarah’s womb to bear a child until she was very old and well passed the age of childbearing.
All who witnessed the event of her birth knew that only the power of GOD could perform such a miracle. Her son, Isaac, was
truly born from above.
Then came Rebekah.
She was the wife of Isaac, and was also barren. “And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren:
and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” Gen.25:21. Once more, GOD stepped in and overruled
the situation to bless His chosen.
there came Rachel, the wife of Jacob. She suffered reproach for being barren and it grieved her greatly, even to the point
of telling Jacob: “Give me children, or else I die” (Gen.30:1). Some time had passed, and when all seemed hopeless,
GOD intervened: “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: And she called his name Joseph.” Gen.30:22-24. The life of Joseph
stands as an example of virtuous character that few among men have demonstrated.
In each case with “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Ex.3:6) the wives they
loved were barren. But in each case GOD intervened to bless them with children for their namesake. And when we look at the
characters of each of these patriarchs: Abraham was the father of the faithful; Isaac represents those born from above (as
in “born again”); and Jacob was victorious over his unbelief and sin (representing all who will stand in the great
company of the redeemed).
later there lived the wife of Manoah. Her name is not mentioned. A likely reason for this is that GOD has shielded her from
some shame associated with her, most likely through her name (as given names in those days held great meaning for the unique
circumstances of their lives at the time of birth). “The angel of the LORD” came to her and told her she would
bear a son “and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Jud.13:5). This was none
other than Samson, the mightiest human being to ever live on the Earth. She was devoted to her calling and raised him as she
was told. He was to be a Nazarite from his birth. The Nazarite vow is a unique vow in the law of Moses. It called for implicit
dedication to GOD in everything from diet to worship. It was to give glory to the promise of the coming Messiah who would
exemplify living a perfect, sinless life.
And then came Hannah. She too was barren. And in her day, as in previous generations women who could not bear children
were viewed as having received the curse of GOD, as if there was some sin in their lives that warranted this retribution from
GOD. (This ancient perversion of GOD’S character, seen throughout sinful man’s history exists with an equivalent
force today. Through pride and prejudice a caste system has always existed, where the disabled, the ill and poverty-stricken
are viewed with a degree of shame. But then there’s the perversion on the other side of this philosophy: many in the
churches insist on teaching a prosperity doctrine that gives attention to financial reward to be the objective and evidence
of GOD’S blessing, over and above the character of Jesus Christ). And as a result of this long-held culture among religious
men, Hannah suffered greatly. GOD’S character has been slandered every time men take it upon themselves to ill define
heaven’s moral laws. So, while at the temple during the feast Hannah poured out her heart before the LORD, even swaying
and trembling in her prayer of despair. She even vowed to the LORD that if He would grant her petition, that after weaning
the child from her breast she would give him up to dedicate his life to the work of the LORD forever: “as long as he
liveth he shall be lent to the LORD.” I Sam.1:28. In watching her pray, Eli the priest thought she was drunk and reproached
her as such. But she shared the burden of her prayer: “Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel
grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.” I Sam.1:17. And the LORD heard her cry, and she gave birth to
a son. Hannah was now passionate in her gratefulness and joy: “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my
petition which I asked of him.” I Sam.1:27. “And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine
horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.” I Sam.2:1.
She named her son, Samuel. After weaning him, Hannah took Samuel to Eli to be raised in the priesthood of Israel. She visited
her son every year at the feast, bringing him clothing and special gifts that only a mother’s love can provide. “And
Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” I Sam.3:19.
Lastly, just before the birth of Jesus, there was
Elisabeth, the cousin of Mary. “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.” “Elisabeth was
barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.” Lu.1:5,7. As the birth of Jesus drew near, GOD had to raise
up a voice to prepare the way for “his only begotten Son.” Zacharias was visited by an angel who told him that
his elderly, barren wife would bear him a son, and was commanded to name him John. During Elisabeth's pregnancy, Mary
came to visit her. And “when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was
filled with the Holy Ghost” Lu.1:41. That babe who leaped in the womb grew up to become John the Baptist: the public
herald for the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.
All of these great stories of GOD’S blessings were recorded for our blessing no less than the lives of those
who personally experienced GOD’S wonder working power. For when we read and believe the many stories of GOD’S
deliverance in all its forms, our faith is fortified in His great care and love. And this includes the story of Jesus Christ.
The LORD Himself promised heaven’s blessing to all who read and believe on Him: “blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed.” Jn.20:29.
“But God, who is rich
in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
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and tongue, and people." Rev.14:6. And all will have stood faithful to Christ's Words, "But if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments." Matt.19:17.
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