In the beginning, Yahweh’s first words to mankind contained within them an excellent tool that men and women can use to determine the state of their overall health. So let’s look at fertility and Scripture…
“So Elohim (God) created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:27-28).
Yahweh Elohim (God) gave them a blessing, the blessing of being fruitful and multiplying on the earth. Fertility is defined as “the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth.” The ability to bear children has been seen as a blessing by both God-fearing and pagan cultures alike since the beginning of time. Note the attitude that is seen toward fertility in these Bible verses:
“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee” (Deut. 7:12-15).
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out” (Deut. 28:1-6).
“And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers” (Deut. 30:5, 9).
“And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small” (Jeremiah 30:19).
“As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception… Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb” (Hosea 9:11, 14-16).
There is no command against birth control in Scripture, but for those who are willing to look, it isn’t hard to see what Yahweh Elohim’s (God) original intention was. Yahweh Elohim (God) intends to bless us by increasing us. Proverbs states, “In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want [or lack] of people is the destruction of the prince” (Proverbs 14:28).
Better than physical or economic blessings is the fact that many godly offspring bring blessing to Yahweh Elohim (God) Himself by increasing the number of His ambassadors throughout the world. The Bible says that one of the primary reasons for a man to remain faithful to his wife is that “she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? …And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed” (Malachi 2:14-15).
Ephesians 5:31-32 compares Yahshuah’s (Christ) relationship to the Church with the relationship of a man to his wife. Yahshuah (Jesus) said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:1-2). Bearing fruit is considered the norm in God’s Word, whether the context is referring to a garden or a marriage. Bearing no fruit is always seen as a cause for concern.
To read more about fertility, childbirth and birth control methods use the links below:
Birth Control and the Bible – includes information about the health hazards of popular birth control methods