When we, as a family, reopened the Bible to start back over at Genesis a couple of days ago I had prayed that we would turn aside everything that we have been told and would read and trust what we have read with our own eyes. Earlier this year our family had researched into the flat-earth disc theory – which, by the way, was believed by the ancient Hebrew culture. This theory is well-appreciated in my family for many reasons, but one is that it begs the researcher to engage your own senses (namely, what you can see with your own eyes) rather than taking someone else's words as truth. For example, in the flat-earth argument, one would have to wonder how you know the world is indeed a globe? We must all confess that we believe so based upon the words of another, not based upon what we have actually seen with our own eyes. As a result of knowing that we can wholly believe what someone says without requiring logic nor eyewitness, we submit to the fact that we are easily brainwashed. We are very much a culture where in all things, including in churches, we believe something we were told rather than something that we have observed with our own senses that God gave us to distinguish between reality and false claims. So setting aside all things that we were told of the earth, we come to verse 2 and gather some things we have read and therefore will accept about the earth.
And the earth was chaos and waste, darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Ruach Elohim was hovering upon the face of the water. – Genesis 1:2 TLV
Based upon what we can read with our own eyes at this point, we can say that the earth has darkness and that it also has water. Due to this, the earth is reminding me of a womb.
It was in my pregnancy with Elisha that I remember reading the weekly updates on prenatal development and somewhere around the 20th week of pregnancy the update said that a baby's eyes will open. I thought about how she had eyes well before the time she could open them, yet they were not developed enough to be open. Then I thought about how even after they are open, they are not ready to observe light, but she would still be seeing in darkness for some time before she is able to take in the light that will hit her eyes after childbirth – whether the natural light in the earth, or even the bright lights of a delivery room. I reflected upon us, spiritually. I realized that though we all have eyes it doesn't mean that they are opened. I also realized that even though some of us have open eyes, there is still a time of maturing our eyes so then right now we are seeing things as a light through a womb until we are birthed. I wonder if this is what Paul meant in I Corinthians 13:12.
The earth reminds me of a womb, and it has since my last child was in my womb. Not only does the second verse of the Bible bring me to confirm this, but then I think of all the Scripture passages that refer to the end times as a travailing through labor. The travailing will end with the birth of God's people, mature enough to behold the Light and see Him with their own eyes, face to face.
I really like the TLV's choice of words to say that the earth was chaos, which only further supports the concept of the earth as a womb. In Hebrew, the womb is represented by the letter mem. Mem comes in 2 forms: open and closed (soffit). Open mem means open waters, which means chaos. Closed mem means closed waters, no chaos. It is likened unto a woman whose waters break. As her womb is closed, there is peace within. However, when her womb opens, which is followed with the breaking of the waters, there is the bodily chaos of travailing.
If the earth is God's mem, then what is our purpose of being here? All of a sudden life has significant meaning and the gift given to women to bear children is an honorary witness. That is why Elisha's middle name is Edah. Her time in utero became a witness to me.
Yeshua tells Nicodemus that a man must be born of water and of the Spirit to have eternal life. It is well understood that the water is referring to the natural birth. A man must be born into this earth and born of the Spirit while on this earth. Friend, the purpose of life on this earth is greatly paralleled to the purpose of prenatal time for the growing of the baby. Furthermore, in order for one to be birthed spiritually, he must first be birthed naturally. Can you see the hate of the adversary and his seed toward God to rob Him of His inheritance?
Then God said, “Let the land sprout grass, green plants yielding seed, fruit trees making fruit, each according to its species with seed in it, upon the land.” And it happened. – Genesis 1:11 TLV
Then God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that crawls, with which the water swarms, according to their species, as well as every winged flying creature, according to their species. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them by saying, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas. Let the flying creatures multiply on the land.” – Genesis 1:21-22 TLV
God made the wild animals according to their species, the livestock according to their species, and everything that crawls on the ground, each according to its species. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:25 TLV
The earth reminds me of a mem because it was made pregnant. First you have the trees that were made with their seeds. Next you have the land, sea, and water creatures made according to their species, which is to be made to reproduce their likeness. The first command God gave to life was to the creatures in vv. 21-22, and that is to reproduce.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness! Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the sky, over the livestock, over the whole earth, and over every crawling creatures that crawls on the land.” God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the land and conquer it...” – Genesis 1:26-28a TLV
So then God makes the man to rule over all these pregnant things. He divides His image into male and female so that they must come together to bring forth the image of God – man alone isn't sufficient to bear witness, and neither is woman. Man has some characteristics of God separate from the characteristics of God that woman bears. However, it is together as male and female only that one of the greatest witnesses of God's character comes forth...and that is the ability to bring forth life. We see how mankind has perverted such a great witness of God's character by homosexuality and abortion.
Birth control, and abortion, came as a way for the sexually immoral to not have the natural results of conception come from their actions. It has long since penetrated into the married community, to where even though they are married and not engaging in sexually immoral sin, we still refuse to bear witness of God by denying bearing life in the womb and accepting birth control until the right job comes around, etc. The answer to abortion and failure to image-bear is simple. It is a command of God to abstain from sexual immorality and it is also a command (for the marrieds) to be fruitful and multiply.
In Exodus 34:6 the Lord is describing Himself to Moses. The first word He uses to describe Himself is most often translated as compassionate, or merciful. The Hebrew word is rachum, which is taken from racham. A recent amazing discovery I came across is that racham is best described as a pregnant woman's womb that contains a cherished fetus. God Himself uses the natural affections of a pregnant woman (or what should be her natural affections) to describe Himself to His people. There remains such an image of His character entrusted into the hands of pregnant women. To abort such a witness of Him is to not only go against the very purpose of your time in God's mem, but to most adversely reject Him.
With the fight against abortion we must remember that pregnancy is a strong image-bearer. We know it is an image-bearer of the Biblical Appointed Times, but it is also an image bearer of God's earth and of God Himself. Joining the fight doesn't need much convincing. Since we are in a reciprocal relationship with the Lord, I ask Him to help me protect His image since He so zealously protects mine.
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