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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
TITLE: Eternal Pattern Revealed In Childbirth
By Mary Brownwing
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When we consider the fact that everything on this earth has a pattern instituted and established in the heavenlies we will discover where these patterns lead and our place within them. God Himself has set up boundaries and criteria for the all living things universally. We focus on this earth and the new one to come, which in Scripture, is consistent with the pattern of birth. The Son of God, Jesus, took the time to explain the truths about life and eternity, clearly revealing spiritual mysteries and sending His Holy Spirit to enlighten our souls about them. One of my favorites is the parable of the seed and the harvest in Mark 4 where we are shown some of the impediments to the new birth and the hindrances people face when hearing the good news. See also 1 Corinthians - Chapter 15.
I have often heard people anguish over the troubles of this world and many believers do not realize that we are living in a sin damaged world. We all have the tendancy to want all the joy and peace of heaven here and now. Possibly that is the reason why so many folks fear the troubles that are increasing lately. We all have a tendancy to forget that we are in the midst of the contractions that will bring about the never ending promises of our God.
During the last 25 or so years there has been great study and interest in the biblical theme of tribulation. Ironically the word tribulation boils down to the same meaning as the word childbirth. Consider that a woman in labor is in pain, she is sometimes gnashing her teeth with the intensity of the contractions. Realize also that the child being born is hard pressed in his struggle against the narrowing straits and must feel vexed and grieved at this unprecedented problem. At least the woman has the hope of a miraculous conclusion to her ordeal.
When we follow the outline laid out in Scripture not only regarding the human act of childbirth on this sin cursed world but the whole concept of eternal rebirth we are pleased to find it is truly a deliverance. There is coming a day when all of the pain, suffering and evil of this world will come to an end. Our Righteous Redeemer will end the travail of mortal life issue retribution on the enemies and establish those who love Him into glory. The duty of believers in Jesus is to be able to Stand as the troubles of this world intensify and to point the lost and bewildered to the culmination which is the coming of the glorious kingdom of our Creator, Redeemer and Friend.
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