A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollIs anything too wonderful for the Lord?  Genesis 18:14

  • This very short verse packs a very big meaning. Think of something in your own life that asks the same question.This Old Testament question is an angel’s response to Sarah’s doubtful question, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” Where in the New Testament does a woman ask a similar question and receive a similar answer (“nothing will be impossible with God.”)?
  • What is the attitude of these women toward pregnancy in circumstances that might seem less than optimal? What might public advice for these women be today?
  • In the Garden of Eden, God said, “Be fruitful and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) When Moses said good-bye to the children of Israel, he shared God’s blessings with them, saying, “If you heed these ordinances …[God] will love you, bless you and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground.” (Deuteronomy 7:12-13) Over and over, God condemned child sacrifice through the voices of the prophets, mourning that the Israelites offered up “their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination.” Jeremiah 32:3 Today’s verse characterizes pregnancy as a wonderful blessing from the Lord. How can this view be reconciled with the view that preventing or terminating pregnancy is a “medically necessary preventive health service?”