Sunday, November 1, 2009

Adoption a Biblical Perspective

The book of Exodus tells the story of a Hebrew woman named Jochebed who bore a son during a time when Pharaoh had ordered all Hebrew male infants to be put to death (Exodus 1:15-22). Jochebed took a basket, waterproofed it, and sent the baby down the river in the basket. One of Pharaoh’s daughters spotted the basket and retrieved the child. She eventually adopted him into the royal family and gave him the name Moses. He went on to become a faithful and blessed servant of God (Exodus 2:1-10).In the book of Esther, a beautiful girl named Esther, who was adopted by her cousin after her parents' death, became a queen, and God used her to bring deliverance to the Jewish people. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ was conceived through the Holy Spirit instead of through the seed of a man (Matthew 1:18). He was “adopted” and raised by His mother's husband, Joseph, who took Jesus as his own child.Once we give our hearts to Christ, believing and trusting in Him alone for salvation, God says we become part of His family—not through the natural process of human conception, but through adoption. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship [adoption]. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15). Similarly, bringing a person into a family by means of adoption is done by choice and out of love. “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5). As God adopts those who receive Christ as Savior into His spiritual family, so should we all prayerfully consider adopting children into our own physical families.Clearly adoption—both in the physical sense and in the spiritual sense—is shown in a favorable light in Scripture. Both those who adopt and those who are adopted are receiving a tremendous blessing, a privilege exemplified by our adoption into God’s family.

5 comments:

Jessica said...

Great post!

Chris and Celeste said...

Well said! Was a bit discouraged by your last post about Bulgaria and the new laws. It seems like is it getting harder and harder as we wait. I know it is God's perfect timing!

mommajeane said...

Celeste,
My post also mentioned we have seen this in almost every country we have adopted in as well as our fostercare experience... It was my frustration with adults who just don't care and let these children wallow in these orphanages.. I was especially upset with the consular at the US embassy in Sofia...It also seems to me that these countries change or have elections all the time.... I just heard that Ukraine is having elections in Jan...everytime they did during our 10 adoptions something in adoption changed. So I guess international adoption is not for the faint of heart... it is hard and very emotionally draining but as we all also know... so worth it in the end. All of my devotions for the past weeks have been on waiting... I must be a slow learner....Also it seems when I pray the opposite happens... I am wondering if I should pray or change to the other side when I pray so the opposite will happen :) I know that the Lord is working in me as I wait and pray... it just can be so hard. Thanks for letting me share.

Mike and Christie said...

Amen!

Kathleen said...

This is such a wonderful reminder. Thank you.