In the beginning God created everything and told it to reproduce “after his kind.” If you look in the first chapter of Genesis God says something to this effect no less than ten times. He created a species and then told it to yield fruit “after its kind.” With all of the plants, birds, cattle and fish he said to reproduce “after its kind.” When he came to man he told him something similar but he added something else. He said, “Be fruitful and multiply,” but he also said to “Replenish” the earth. I find the word replenish to be a curious word to be used here, especially “in the beginning” don’t you? The word replenish means “Fill (something) up again or restore (a stock supply of something) to the former level or condition. Hmm? My question is: how are we to fill the earth “again?” Isn’t this the beginning of it all, or has there been something here before and now we are to refill it?
Let’s leave that for now and talk about this whole idea of reproducing “after his kind.” We find out in the New Testament God has an only begotten Son and his name is Jesus. We also learn the Father wants to have many offspring. So it seems God is all about reproducing after his own kind too. I guess the question then is how does this take place?
Throughout the Bible we read of story after story of women that have barren wombs. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all had a promise from God of a heritage that would be too size-able to even count. Yet God saw fit to give each of them women that had barren wombs. Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel all could not bear children in the natural way. It was going to take God’s intervention in order for them to bring forth children which is exactly the way God intended. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were God’s representatives on earth and their wives were to be the vessel, or womb, through which God brought forth children after his kind. The problem occurs in their lives, just as in ours, when they decide it is up to them to produce the promised children for God.
There is absolutely no way we can bring forth children for God in our own strength. God promised all three of these men a seed. They all seemed to believe him; yet for the most part it was only after a little self-effort had failed. God set these men up with women that were barren because he wanted them to understand God was the only one who could produce God’s children. We humans have no ability to produce offspring for God it always will have to be a miracle. All along God’s plan was to bring forth his Son Jesus through their family line.
We read in Galatians that Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham. In other words, Jesus is the one God promised would come. In fact this was a promise quite a bit older even than Abraham. God told Adam and Eve the seed of the woman would be the one to overcome the seed of the serpent. We all know women do not have seeds only men carry the seed, but the Virgin Mary did in fact have the seed of God himself implanted into her womb. A virgin is like a woman with a barren womb is she not? In and of themselves a virgin couldn’t produce a child any more than a barren woman, right?
Apparently God has been trying to tell us something all along that for the most part we have been missing. He is showing us he wants children and he is the only one who can produce them. We cannot produce anything for God by self effort but only by receiving his seed which is Jesus Christ. He will have to do the reproducing through us but not of us.
Do you remember when Nicodemus came to Jesus and was told he must be “born again”? He didn’t comprehend what Jesus meant at all. He asked Jesus, “Can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus then began to explain to him he was talking about the Spirit. The term “Born again”, we use so much, means to be born from above. If we are to be born of God it naturally presupposes we are to be born from above. Our spirits are as a barren womb that God is going to germinate with his seed Jesus Christ. God is going to bring life from within our dead spirit. Therefore if we are going to produce anything for God we must simply receive his seed. We, in and of ourselves are barren or unable, but when we receive the miracle seed of Christ we become fertile and God will produce “after his own kind” through us! This is what resurrection is all about. A resurrection that brings life to our dead spirit so we might bear fruit unto God!
I’ll leave you with some verses from Galatians. Spend a little time thinking about what these verses are really saying. Galatians 4:26-28 “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bears not; break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate hath many more children than she who hath a husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.”
Written by Louie